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Thread: CR.42 claimed by F/O Storrar (73 Sq.) on 6 January 1941

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    Default CR.42 claimed by F/O Storrar (73 Sq.) on 6 January 1941

    Hello everybody,

    On 6 January 1941, F/O James Storrar of 73 Sq. claimed a CR.42 over Ras el Meheta.
    The identity of the Italian fighters involved is not easy to ascertain, in fact the only CR.42 unit left over the front was the 10o Gr. Section at T5, which didn’t record any losses. It is possible that Storrar and Laing met CR.32s but still no Italian losses are recorded.
    However, Storrar’s logbook contains an image of the claimed aircraft (http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/images/cr42%20shot%20down%20by%20storrar.jpg).
    Is there anyone who can identify it and/or have an image with better quality?

    Storrar also reports having flown a CR.42s (http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/images/cr42%20flown%20by%20storrar.jpg) captured by Australians (probably 3 RAAF Sq.). Is there anyone who knows more about this aircraft and/or have an image with better quality?

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    3 Squadron did capture a CR 42 (code 7-70) which had been abandoned at Martuba, which they repainted in silver with British markings anf coded A421 (signifying Australian CR 42 No 1).

    More details and photo from "War Prizes" can be scanned and emailed if you PM your address

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    Hello Amrit,

    Thanks for your quick reply. I've sent you an PM.

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    Don Minterne has published a fairly detailed three volume daily diary history of 73Sqn. In Vol 2 (ISBN 0 9523157 1 8) for 6 January 1941 he records:

    "The mixture as before, one Hurri at a time on the line Tobruk - Gambut at 20,000ft. They were to protect PR Blenheims of 113Sqn otherwise to stay clear of e/a............Jas Storrar came across two CR42s which seemed to be playing at dogfighting each other, and despatched one of them. They spotted him just before he fired a 3 second burst and his target crashed on a beach. The pilot L Marangnoni bailed out and was taken to a British Field Hospital but died during the night. A wounded British officer in the same hospital wrote to the pilot's mother giving the circumstances of his death, an act which greatly impressed the Italians. The second fighter made a head on attack at Storrar but dived away."

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    Hello Stevew,

    Thanks for your reply.
    The problem is that Storrar didn’t shot down S.Ten. Leopoldo Marangoni since he was lost the day before (5 January) in combat with 274 and 73 Squadrons (possibly shot down by S/L ‘Paddy’ Dunn, who reported that his victim baled out). Totally, the Italian fighter unit lost three CR.42s in this combat and two pilots were KIA.
    After the beating this day, the 23o Gruppo was transferred on the next day and the only CR.42 unit left over the front was the 10o Gr. Section at T5, which didn’t record any losses. It is possible that Storrar and Laing met CR.32s but still no Italian losses are recorded.
    The possibility exist that Storrar’s claim was made on the 5th but according to 73 Sq.’s ORB it doesn’t seems that he was flying that day.


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    Hakan

    I felt sure that you would have better quality info. I am very much looking forward to your book.

    Steve

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    Hakan
    This is one of the best examples of quite a common occurrence in the search for 'the other side'. There is a photo of downed aircraft, there is an appropriate account, then, nothing fits in documents. I have got two questions: does this particular combat report exist, and is the aircraft on the photo identified. BTW Photos likely are with Storrar family.

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    Hello Franek,

    Thanks for your input. I do agree with you about the quest for ‘the other side’. One thing to reflect on is why Storrar always have been identified with the death of Marangoni and not S.Ten. Sante Schiroli, who was also KIA in the same combat?

    Regarding Storrar’s combat report, I’ve never seen it, it’s not included in the ORB Appendices. The identification of the aircraft on the photos is the origin to my question. I only have a Xerox of a Xerox, which makes it difficult to see if there is any id on the aircraft.

    Best wishes/Håkan
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    Default Storrar's Logbook

    My reason for looking at this thread was primarily because I am interested in Storrar. There is a copy of his logbook on microfiche held at the RAFM Reference:

    M10167 Pilot's flying log book of Wg Cdr James Eric Storrar, 29 November 1940-04 October 1956

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    Hakan, drop me a pm.

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