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    Default Spitfire met southwest of Faroes on 3 Nov 1944

    Hi all,

    311 Sq Liberator patrolling southwest of Faroes met two Spitfires in the early morning.
    I am interested if it will be possible to identify the unit?

    I suppose it might be Spitfires of some detachment stationed at Vaagar airfield? Otherwise it seems to me quite far from both Iceland and Shetlands.

    Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

    TIA

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    Default Re: Spitfire met southwest of Faroes on 3 Nov 1944

    Hi Pavel,

    Could they have been aircraft from HMS Campania escorting Convoy JW 61A? And a case of misidentification?

    Cheers,

    Bruce

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    Default Re: Spitfire met southwest of Faroes on 3 Nov 1944

    Pavel,

    Nobody seems to want to give you the answers – I can see why!!

    On Faeroe in WW2 there was, as far as I can see:-
    RAF Vaagar (GE 62.067279 -7.278241)
    RAF Sandoy (Radar) (61.848660 -6.769273)
    RAF Suduroy (Radar) (61.480314 -6.845207)
    RAF Nolsoy (Radar) (62.009156 -6.673833)
    The three radar stations were looking (mostly?) south and east?

    I am interested in Vaagar because I have “flown” (on my fltsim) into there on a number of occasions. It’s difficult enough in ‘day/calm/max vis’, but if you put any ‘weather’ into the sim then it becomes very “challenging” indeed!

    But back to WW2.
    Malcolm’s RAFWEB has nothing in the way of Units for Vaagar. Mr Google, and TNA, are equally non-forthcoming. There must have been a lot of paperwork/signals, etc, generated? Not much of it seems to have survived the journey to TNA? This is odd!

    Somebody will know who/what/where/when on Faeros. And even about Spitfires RV-ing with yr a/c.
    Spitfire range (with minimal ‘loiter’?) 400nm? Iceland negative? Shetland possible?

    Strange not a lot easily accessible on the internet.

    Best I can do!
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    Default Re: Spitfire met southwest of Faroes on 3 Nov 1944

    Pavel,
    Oh, by the way!
    The 4 CWGC cemeteries on Faero are no help either! Two multi-engine crews as far as I can see? But SW of Faero in well within Spitfire range of Scatsta (or similar).
    And was the reason it was so diffcult to operate from Vaagar the reason why it was never used for Atlantic A/S work. Would have plugged "The Gap" nicely?
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    Default Re: Spitfire met southwest of Faroes on 3 Nov 1944

    Possibly Seafires from HMS Implacable? Certainly the carrier was operating off Norway at the end of October 1944

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    Default Re: Spitfire met southwest of Faroes on 3 Nov 1944

    Hi all, thank you for all your suggestion, so far I have not moved forward.
    But the idea with Seafires looks promising...

    Pavel
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