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Thread: Fairey Battle 5/7/41 - Wells, Norfolk

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    Default Fairey Battle 5/7/41 - Wells, Norfolk

    Hi folks,

    Does anyone out there know if a Battle was lost on this date near Wells, Norfolk?

    Luftwaffe pilot Ofw Peter Laufs (1/NJG2) claimed a Battle nr Wells at 01.00hrs

    [Source:
    Luftwaffe Night Fighter Claims: Combat Claims by Luftwaffe Night Fighter Pilots 1939-1945
    By John Foreman, Simon W. Parry, Johannes Matthews]

    This echoes information from Anders Naslund's (now defunct?) 'Nachtjadg Claims Database,'
    which made it clear that it was Wells-next-Sea, not to confuse with Wells, Somerset.

    Am asking because a 452 Sqn. Spitfire (P8085) was brought down by an intruder whilst landing at North Coates (on the northern side of the Lincolnshire coast) on this date.
    Sgt A G Costello RAAF was killed.


    Dave.

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    Hi,
    A quick look in the Battle File just found for the 6th July 41.

    1 B&GS
    McNabb, LAC R. RCAF
    and Taggart LAC C. RCAF.
    But this was L5316/1803 at St: Catharines Ont, Canada.
    However
    L5031 bellylanded Dumfries on 5th July 41.
    P6626 bellylanded in error Hucknall 5th July 41.


    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 9th September 2008 at 17:47.

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    Alex,

    Thanks for the information.

    If Battles can be ruled out I next need to establish which, if any, aircraft came down in the proximity of Wells on that date.

    Whilst understanding the pitfalls of speculation it is tantalising to wonder whether Laufs was a) amiss in identification of his claim, b) operating further north than he realised.

    regards,

    Dave.

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