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    Default U-boats sunk by hudsons of 1406 (met) flight.

    Hi all, Does anyone know of any U-boats sunk by a Hudson of 1406 (Met) Flight between May 1942 and July 1943? Regards Dave.

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    Default Re: U-boats sunk by hudsons of 1406 (met) flight.

    Hi Dave.

    There's no mention of any such incidents in Peter Rackliff's Even The Birds Were Walking. Although there were a couple of claims by 1404 Met Flight based at St Eval, they were later discounted - in fact in one case the submarine wasn't even aware it had been attacked. So far as I'm aware no submarines were sunk by Met Flight aircraft.

    Any reason you ask the question?

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    Default Re: U-boats sunk by hudsons of 1406 (met) flight.

    Thanks Brian, I found a an article in an aviation group magazine written around 1979 in which WAG Cecil A. `Guy` Faulks of 1406 (Met) Flt, was interviewed. He recalled on one met flight (No date,pilot or aircraft serial given) their Hudson dropped below cloud and spotted a U-boat about a mile away, they attacked with bombs straddling the sub as it began to submerge, they later circled and spotted debris, oil and clothing on the surface which they took to be a hoax. The article then said that the "Kill" was confirmed later. But I could find nothing in Norman Franks `Search, Find & Kill` book so reckoned the WAG must have been right about the hoax. Regards. Dave.

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    Default Re: U-boats sunk by hudsons of 1406 (met) flight.

    Dave,

    I've tried to PM you but your inbox is full.

    Brian

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    Default Re: U-boats sunk by hudsons of 1406 (met) flight.

    Would a Met flight be armed for offence? Defence I could understand.

    However, since some Stirling equipped transport squadrons also had a secondary bombing role and that a Radar Calibration squadron also carried out air to ground firing practice, I wouldn't be surprised.

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    Default Re: U-boats sunk by hudsons of 1406 (met) flight.

    Yes, at least during this period, they carried A/S bombs (Rackliff's Even the Birds Were Walking). In practice they were of little use against submarines as, in the unlikely event they hit a submarine, they bounced off the casing. I think they were 250 lb bombs but I'm struggling to find my source.

    As always happy to be corrected.

    Brian

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