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    Default Ted Thorn and Fred Barker, Defiant crew, 264 Squadron 26/8/40

    Hello all,
    Does anyone have access to Thorn and Barker combat report from 26/8/40.
    Iím trying to visualise the squadronís combat with 9(?) Do17s and their escorting 109s which led to this Defiant crew claiming two of the Dorniers as destroyed. As many will know, this could possibly include the Do17 now being preserved at Cosford. The restoration team at Cosford says that all the bullet strikes found on their Dornier, including three bullet holes in one of the propeller blades, look like they come from directly behind it. 264ís ORB says that the squadron attacked in line astern formation and, as the Defiant could not fire forwards, itís difficult to imagine how a Defiant could engage an opponent from behind. I wondered if Thorn and Barkerís combat report could shed any more light on that encounter.
    Many thanks,
    Tom

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    Hi Tom,
    PM sent to you
    Gerry

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    Hello,

    For a copy of Thorn's combat report for 26/08/1940, see:
    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D7491708 - Click on, "Preview an image of this record" - go to Images 6 & 7 of 7.

    Col.

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    Thank you both for the speedy replies!
    Tom

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    Most of the victories in the period were achieved by quite a number of pilots. About a dozen attacks on a single bomber seems not unususal.
    https://www.facebook.com/Franciszek-Grabowski-241360809684411/

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