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    Default 13 October 1942 - possible Beaufighters' claim - 400 W. of Brest

    Hello,

    Did crews of a Beaufighter squadron, claim a Ju 88 (destroyed or damaged), on 13 October 1942, at 15:00, at (about) 400 km West of Brest ? I search the ID of these possible crews and the number of their squadron.

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    Pierre BABIN

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    Hi Pierre,

    according to lists of Tony Wood and Jim Perry no claims of Beaufigher crew and also Germans did not claim any victory/damage against twin-engine RAF fighter.

    Pavel
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    Hello Pierre,
    A claim can have been made by a Coastal Command Squadron (these claims are normally not listed in the lists by Tony Wood). Chriss Goss has a lot of information about the claims made by Coastal Command units and you can try to contact him on the Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum ( http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/).

    Peter

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    Hello Pierre,

    Five Beaufighters carried out Interceptor Patrols in the Bay of Biscay and had combats with enemy aircraft on that date, resulting in claims for the destruction of two Ju88s and one seaplane.

    The Beaufighter encounters were

    (1) 248 Sq Beaufighters piloted by F/O Willis (a/c F) and P/O Weil (a/c T) attacked a Ju88 at 13:52 in position 48.03N 07.30W. F scored hits on port engine, which began smoking, and then T attacked, also hitting port engine and rear gun position. F lost contact in clouds and T came under fire while attempting a second strike, retiring due to damage sustained, later crashing at Perranporth without fatalities.
    (2) 248 Sq Beaufighters piloted by S/L Cartridge (a/c Y) and Sgt Hammond (a/c Q) attacked another Ju88 at 15:06 in position 47.07N 05.53W. Y chased the Ju88 until in range and opened fire, the plane catching fire and crashing into the sea. Q fired a burst at the Ju after it was ablaze but before it crashed. An empty life raft was seen in the water.
    (3) F/Lt Melville in Beaufighter D of 248 Sq had become separated from Y and Q while they carried out the attack described in (2) above. He then spotted another Ju88 on a reciprocal course at 15:27 in position 46.40N 05.15W. The mutual head-on attack resulted in hits on both aircraft. The Ju88 was seen to crash and Beaufighter D received significant damage and injuries to crew but made a safe landing.
    (4) After (2) above, Sgt Hammond in Beaufighter Q later was investigating a seaplane when it opened fire on his aircraft: this encounter happened at 16:08 at 47.38N 06.15W. Q then opened fire with cannon and M/G and was at point blank range when the seaplane exploded, enveloping the Beaufighter in flames. The seaplane crashed into the sea and Q was scorched but the crew unharmed.

    An OTU Whitley also claimed a Ju88 on that day.
    Source: AIR24/396

    Hope this helps,
    Bruce
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    Hello Pierre/Bruce.

    Re: the unidentified seaplane (4), claimed by AUS400585 Sgt Ronald Frank HAMMOND RAAF, on 13-10-1942.

    The following Luftwaffe loss, due to enemy action, is known to have occurred in this area, on this date:

    13-10-1942
    1./Seenotstaffel
    Breguet 521 'Bizerte' (037) BD+XJ

    No further details

    Col.

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    Default 13 October 1943 - possible Beaufighters' claim - 400 km West of Brest

    Thank you very much to Col. Bruggy and Bruce for their very valuable information.

    Pierre

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