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    Dear all,

    I am looking for information about the identities of 10 Allied aircraft that were claimed shot down by Luftwaffe Ju88 fighters of I./NJG2 in the Mediterranean Sea and N. Africa during 1942:

    12 May 1942
    Blenheim 70 km. N. Derna
    Blenheim 70 km. N. Derna

    31 May 1941
    Boston over Mediterranean Sea

    14 June 1942
    Beaufighter N.E. Derna 13.30 252/272 Sqn Beaufighter?

    15 June 1942
    Maryland near convoy in Mediterranean Sea 07.45

    15 (possibly 12) June 1942
    P-40 over Mediterranean Sea 19.00 260 Sqn Kittyhawk?

    20 June 1942
    Beaufort sea S. Crete 17.20 (torpedo Beaufort engaged in attack on Messina harbour, ditched, crew of 3 observed in dinghy).

    27-28 June 1942
    Beaufighter Derna 01.34 272 Sqn Beaufighter?

    20-21 July 1942
    Maryland N. Africa/Med 23.03/15 203 Sqn Maryland?

    31 July-1 August 1942
    Boston near Tobruk 02.00

    Any details (serial nrs/Sqns/crews) very welcome!

    Cheers, Theo

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    Hi Theo,

    14 June 1942
    Beaufighter N.E. Derna 13.30 252/272 Sqn Beaufighter?

    Five losses from No.272 Sqn on this day but take off times

    1 at 14:30 (T4709)
    2 at 16:45
    1 at 18:15

    So no match. Best option T4709
    Probably shot down by Oblt F Körner of II./JG27. Sgt Amos is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial. F/Sgt Gael was the alias for Gerard Houdin.

    20 June 1942
    Beaufort sea S. Crete 17.20 (torpedo Beaufort engaged in attack on Messina harbour, ditched, crew of 3 observed in dinghy).

    Possibly DD959 of 217 Sqn

    Sgt W A R King
    Sgt J Moschonas
    F/O F J R Minster
    Sgt J A Bowyer

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    27-28 June 1942
    Beaufighter Derna 01.34 272 Sqn Beaufighter?

    272 Sqn
    Beaufighter Ic
    T5030

    Coded B

    P/O Wood
    Sgt R A Nayler

    Op Derna, LG.14

    Missing during attack on Derna aerodrome. Sgt Nayler is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.

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    Sgt. J C Wrigley 1060428 of 260 Squadron is buried in Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, died 12 Jun 1942. Doesn't match a loss at sea other than if the body was recovered of course.

    Following four names from 203 Squadron are on CWGC, all on Alamein Memorial:
    001 MARTIN FW 749367 203 SQDN 20/07/1942 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    002 MOORHOUSE EB 937918 203 SQDN 20/07/1942 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    003 MORGAN J 754045 203 SQDN 20/07/1942 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    004 MURPHY DS 925325 203 SQDN 20/07/1942 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE

    using Geoff Sullivans site: http://www.hut-six.co.uk/cgi-bin/search39-47.php
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Hello Theo,

    A possible for your 15-6-42 Maryland claim is:-

    15-6-1942
    No.69 Sqn.
    Baltimore I AG715

    Took off from Luqa at 0650 to carry out a sea patrol and failed to return.

    Crew:
    65571 P/O (Pilot) Arthur Hedley PATRICK +
    AUS407119 F/Sgt (A.Obs.) Allen Dawe HARRIS RAAF +
    1100943 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) William Dennis WARBURTON +
    1382510 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Ernest Charles SANDERS +
    (All commemorated on the Malta Memorial)

    Chris Shores et al, in 'Malta:The Spitfire Year 1942' (p.359), claim that W/C Eric Tennant (CO of No.69 Sqn) was aboard this aircraft. He was not.

    Col.

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    Hello and good evening Ross, Col., and Dennis,

    Many thanks for your very useful feedback to my requests, which I have put to good use in the narratives of the new chapter on the Nachtjagd in the Mediterranean in 1941-43 in the manuscript of the 2nd edition of the NJWD. By the way, the 20 June 42 Beaufort claim was made by Lt. Rökker, for his first combat victory -he went on to become one of the highest scoring German night fighter aces. I've found some highly interesting comments in Rökker's Leistungsbuch (Log of Achievements), Rökker attacked seven times from above and behind and, following a ditching of the Beaufort, saw three of the crew in their dinghy. During the engagement, his own Ju88 was hit by 25 machinegun bullets from the rear gunner in the fuselage, wings and one engine. Rökker also published a detailed account of this, and his other victories in N. Africa/the Med. plus his victories in the Reichsverteidigung, in his recently published autobiography.

    Once again, many thanks for all your much appreciated help,

    Cheers, Theo

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