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    Looking at the loss of U 317 on 26 June 1944, the attacking aircraft, Liberator FL916 N/86 was on a 'Blue Peter' patrol when the U-boat was sighted.

    Can anyone please explain this type of patrol? I've looked at the search facility on the site but with no luck.

    Any help, as always is much appreciated

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    Can't help with a description of 'Blue Peter' patrols, but I did find this on Uboat.net...

    "Liberator III No. FL.916 of 86 Squadron was on patrol from Tain in Ross-shire, Scotland, on the 26th June 1944. When U-317 was sighted at 23.30 hours about 100 miles north of the Shetlands. Two attacks were made, dropping three depth charges on each occasion. The first stick fell short but the second sank U-317. U-317 was commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Peter Rahliff, on its first war patrol from Egersund in Norway, there were no survivors. The Liberator was hit by cannon fire but landed safely at Stornoway in the Hebrides, since Tain was closed in with bad weather."

    Hope this helps,
    Bruce

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    Thanks Bruce

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    Peter,

    To save you a bit of a slog on the DVA Nominal Roll, here are the two 'AUSSIES' in the crew of FL916.

    AUS420944 F/Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Albert Henry HOGAN RAAF
    AUS423093 F/Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Tom Martin GARRETT RAAF

    Garrett is invariably identified as, 'M' Garrett, making it difficult to pin him down on the roll.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 27th June 2009 at 09:04. Reason: minor correction

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    I have yet to find confirmation in the Group ORBs for these patrols but I from what I can see they are against shipping routing from specific harbours to the Atlantic.

    May stem from the RN/MM P flag, for all persons aboard, leaving harbour.

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    [QUOTE
    May stem from the RN/MM P flag, for all persons aboard, leaving harbour.
    [/QUOTE]

    That makes sense, but I assumed it was something to do with the horse named Blue Peter which won the Derby in 1939.

    Bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce dennis View Post
    [QUOTE
    May stem from the RN/MM P flag, for all persons aboard, leaving harbour.
    That makes sense, but I assumed it was something to do with the horse named Blue Peter which won the Derby in 1939.

    Bruce[/QUOTE]


    Thanks guys,

    Bruce, I didn't know that.

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    Peter

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