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    Could someone please describe a Coastal Command 'Percussion' patrol?

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Default 'Percussion' patrol?

    Hello Peter,

    Percussion Patrol must be anti-submarine hunting in the most southern part of the Bay of Biscay.

    Think we have experts, who can define it more exactly than I can.

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    Finn Buch

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    Hi Peter,

    Finn Buch is absolutely right, 'percussion' was the code name for anti submarine patrols in the Bay of Biscay. It is based on the idea that a submarine needs a certain amount of time on the surface to recharge its batteries, and so sorties were flown on reciprocel courses at specified intervals in order to catch the sub on the surface. I am sure someone on the forum will be able to describe this much better than me.

    If not, the system is beautifully described in an RAF made film of the time about Coastal Command out on DVD called 'The Royal Air Force Coastal Command: The Unseen Films'.

    Russ

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    Finn - Russ,

    Many thanks for the explanation, its much appreciated

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    Peter

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