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    Default 19 August 1940 Sea Gladiators in action!

    Hi guys

    One for the Battle of Britain experts!

    On 19 August 1940, two Sea Gladiators of 759(T) Squadron were scrambled from RNAS Eastleigh when enemy aircraft were reported in the area. Three Ju88s were sighted over the Solent and one claimed possibly destroyed.

    Has anyone seen 759(T) Squadron's records? I have the identity of one of the FAA pilots but not the other.

    To the best of my memory, I have not seen this incident recorded in any publication.

    Cheers
    Brian

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    Brian,

    Sorry I can't help with identifying the Gladiators but I have the following taken from 'Battle In The Skies Over the Isle Of Wight' by H. J. T. Leal.

    August 19 1940

    "During the afternoon a force of 30 or so Junkers Ju88s with the usual escort of BF109s crossed the Island heading for Southampton. The dock area was heavily bombed"

    RAF Losses.
    Nil

    Luftwaffe Losses.
    Junkers Ju88
    Unit. 3/KG51
    Crew. Not known
    Crashed in the Solent.

    Regards
    Peter.

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    Hello,
    Details from Air Britain's "FAA Aircraft 1939 - 1945".

    Gladiators II's with 759 Sqn.
    N2273 ; N2281; N2282; N2301.
    Sea Gladiator's
    N5500; N5516; N5542; N5543; N5544; N5546; N5547; N5570.

    Could find no mention of any combat , sorry.
    Alex

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    Thanks Peter and Alex.

    Cheers
    Brian

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