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    Default Jan 13/14 '45 - Coastal Command Op

    Gents:

    Apparently a 58 Sqn. Halifax attacked a freighter between Copenhagen and Bergen, and mine-laying ships in the Skaggerak were also attacked.

    Does anyone know which CC aircraft were involved in attacking the Mine ship Linz and its support ships - destroyers and cruiser, T and R-boots?

    Grateful for all infos.

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    Mark

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    Between Copenhagen and Bergen is quite a large area covering the seas of Kattegat, Skagerak and tpart of he North Sea. Is there no position given ?
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    Wondered about that myself Soren - will get back to the fellow who initially asked me the question, see if there is more info.

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    Default Coastal Command attacks

    If any of these seem familiar, let me know and I can provide a few more details.

    Halifax C/58, captain F/L Swain, 1952 hours, 13 January 1945, 58 degrees 08 minutes North 08 degrees 30 minutes East, (east of Kristiansand). Attack on two merchant vessels.

    Halifax J/58, captain W/C Grant, 2040 hours, 13 January 1945, 58 degrees 05 minutes North 11 degrees 18 minutes East (Skagerak). Bombed on a radar contact.

    Halifax D/58, captain F/L Gooch, 2139 hours, 13 January 1945, 58 degrees 43 minutes North 09 degrees 57 minutes East (Skagaerak) - radar contact followed by visual on two mercant ships.

    Halifax F/58, captain F/L Shiach, 2217 hours, 13 January 1945, 58 degrees 30 minutes North 09 degrees 10 minutes East (north-east of Arendal) - This sounds like your action. "Aircraft on anti-shipping patrol obtained radar contact 17 miles distant, homed and sighted four destroyers in line ahead, course 270 degrees, speed 20 knots. Aircraft attacked from 8,000 feet with six 500 lb M.,C. bombs (nose plugged .025 seconds tail delay) but it is estimated that bombs fell astern of the second destroyer in line and no results observed."

    Several other attacks this night, viz:

    Halifax V/502, captain F/L Umpherson, 2015 hours, 13 January 1945, 57 degrees 08 minutes North 11 degrees 53 minutes East (Kattegat), four vessels, believed to be T.T.A.s (whatever that is)

    Halifax Q/502, captain F/L Townsend, 2037 hours, 13 January 1945, 58 degrees 22 minutes North 11 degrees 10 minutes East (Skagerak), sighted three vessels but did not attack owing to poor visibility and flak.

    Halifax C/502, captain F/L James, 2058 hours, 13 January 1945, 57 degrees 59 minutes North 10 degrees 50 minutes East (north=east of the Slaw) - bombed two unidentfied vessels.

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    Many thanks for that Hugh - that does seem to be the one. The only location details I have are that the attack took place in the Skaggerak - the location you've given is described by Mapquest as Skaggerak, so it seems to fit.

    Thanks again.

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