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    Default Help please: Coastal Command Ops 17th/18th May 1943

    On the night of 17/18th May 1943 F/O Eddie Musgrave RAAF of 137 Squadron was lost in the Gravelines area on a shipping recco - presumably shot down by flak.

    The following thread gives the current status of what I know about Eddie's loss.

    http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/showthread.php?t=94376

    It was suggested to me that some of this forums Coastal Command experts may be able to further my understanding of what transpired that night. Were there any CC Squadrons operating in the Gravelines area that night? And if so, what type of operation were they on?

    Eddie was shot down at about 0130 off the Gravelines area. It is possible that he sank the German Minesweeper M345. However, I have read two different versions of where it was sunk (both via a Google search - so it needs further verification).

    Thank you all in advance for your help.

    Paul
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    Mostly night attacks on a convoy off Ameland by Hampdens out of Thorney Island.

    Rest was normal A/S ops and patrols to standard areas

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    Thanks very much for that Ross.

    Would I be correct in assuming that BC did not involve themselves in coastal anti-shipping operations?

    If so, it may well have been Eddie who accounted for the M345. All I have to do now is try and find accurate details about its sinking.

    Paul

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    Hi Paul

    137 Sqn was part of Fighter Command not Coastal Command.

    Malcolm

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    Hi Malcolm,

    I think the question has more to do with whether or not CC followed up F/O Musgrave's report with an op of their own. Bomber Command apparently did not, nor does it seems did Fighter Command.

    Cheers,

    Mark

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    Hi Mark,

    The time of take off for the No.415 Hampden torpedo bombers from Thorney Island was 21:45 hrs so well before the Whirlwind made contact.

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    Anything during the day on the 18th Ross? The Whirly pilot reported making two attacks on a target off Gravelines around 01.30, then nothing. Did CC follow up with an attack of their own on ships off Gravelines on the 18th?

    (Sorry, have gotten myself involved in this one... )

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    Next day activity was to the south of Norway/west of Denmark.

    All consistent with a convoy routing northwards.

    http://www.german-navy.de/kriegsmarine/ships/minehunter/mboot40/ships.html

    Gives the wreck location of M345 off Ameland.

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    Many thanks Ross.

    Cheers,

    Mark

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