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    Default Unofficial convoy escort July 1940

    Hi all,

    I came across the diary of one soldier evacuated on a ship from France (24.6.) to UK in via Gibraltar June-July 1940. According to this diary there were approx. 16 ships included at least one destroyer. On 5.7.40 he noted "we are escorted by hydroavion". Any ideas which CC unit was doing this escort?

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    Pavel
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    Hello Pavel,

    The following from "Aircraft for the Few", is a possibility:

    Operations (Sunderland)

    July 5 (1940)

    (Sunderland) P9623 of 210 Sqn ordered to leave convoy 13:45, attack U-boat. 14:45 found sinking ship. patrolled until rescue arrived.

    See:
    Aircraft for the Few:The RAF's Fighters and Bombers in 1940.
    Bowyer,Michael J F.
    Sparkford:P.S.L.,1991.
    p.156

    Col.

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    Hi Col,
    many thanks for your reply!
    As the 210 Sq was based at Pembroke Dock at the time it looks possible as the convoy was going to Liverpool around Ireland.

    But interesting that my man does not mentioned any sinking ship.

    Or I can undestand this that the Sunderland leave the convoy (no problem there) and when in area where ordered to attack submarine there the crew found the sinking ship?

    Acoording to your info the sinking ship was following one:

    MAGOG
    tons 2,053
    type Steam Freighter
    nationality CA
    built 1923
    voyage HALIFAX for PRESTON
    cargo 512 standards timber
    casualties 23 crew saved
    attacker U 99
    date 05.07.1940
    time 1251
    fate torpedoed and gunfire
    square reported BF1144
    position 50.31N/11.05W

    http://www.ubootwaffe.net/ops/ships.cgi?boat=99;nr=1
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    Hello Pavel

    Given the location I would have think a good candidate at that time would be 15 Group. Courtesy of the National Archives Australia the Sunderland ORB for 10 Squadron based at Mount Batten in Plymouth is available (see link below from p.88 onwards)

    Series A9186
    Control Symbol 25
    Barcode 1158578

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/imagine.asp?B=1158578&I=1&SE=1


    Kind regards
    Pierre

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    Many thanks Pierre!

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