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    Hello,

    Could anyone help with details relating to the damage of Beaufighter NV242. According to a photo on the AWM collection database (ID no. SUK12874) the aircraft was crewed by pilot F/Sgt John Smith (RAAF) from Bellingen NSW and observer F/Sgt Douglas Jones (RAF) from Wallasey, Cheshire. The caption to the picture indicates the damage was received on a mission to Senk(?) Harbour, Northern Adriatic, circa September 1944. If possible, service numbers of the crew would be very welcome and information of the squadron involved. Thanks in advance.

    Regards, Drew H

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    Hello Drew,

    Beaufighter X NV242/S, was delivered to No.39 Sqn on 29-7-44. It was S.O.C. 31-3-45. The Senk Harbour referred to, is probably, Senj Harbour, Yugoslavia in the Northern Adriatic.

    Although 39 Sqn. carried out ops in this area, there is no specific mention of Smith, or Jones in the quoted ref, nor is Senk/Senj Harbour mentioned as a target during September 1944.

    See:
    The Winged Bomb:History of 39 Squadron RAF.
    Delve,Ken.
    Earl Shilton:Midland Counties Pubs.,1985.
    pp.185-6 & 194.

    Afraid I can't help more,

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 13th April 2009 at 05:50. Reason: minor correction

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    Thanks Col. The information is a great help and at least narrows down a likely unit involved on the strike. There is every possibility the details supplied on the photo caption could be incorrect. Surnames of Smith and Jones do not make the research any easier!

    Drew

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    Drew:

    Any chance of seeing the picture of the damage ?

    I have an interest in all such "battle damage" photographs.

    BC

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