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    On 17 April 1944 a Catalina of 162 (RCAF) Squadron (F/O T C Cooke) successfully attacked U-342 which was on weather reporting duties south of Iceland at 60.32N 29.20W. Could anyone advise as to the time the attack was made please?

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    Hi Brian,

    According to Norman Franks book 'Search, Find and Kill' the attack took place at 1017hrs.

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    John.

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    Much obliged John; that almost certainly means U-342 was on the surface to make a weather report. (Only two were made daily, one between 0000 and 0200 and the other between 1000 and 1200 hours.) It's unlikely the Catalina detected U-342 by its radio transmission (of the observation) as the last report received by U-boat Command was the previous day.

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    G'day Chaps

    Just a minor correction. The aircraft was a Canso A not a Catalina.

    Cheers...Chris

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    The time was 1017 GST (German Summer Time), 0817 GMT, and the sighting was a visual one.

    Ragnar

    Quote Originally Posted by Lyffe View Post
    On 17 April 1944 a Catalina of 162 (RCAF) Squadron (F/O T C Cooke) successfully attacked U-342 which was on weather reporting duties south of Iceland at 60.32N 29.20W. Could anyone advise as to the time the attack was made please?

    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakota View Post
    G'day Chaps

    Just a minor correction. The aircraft was a Canso A not a Catalina.

    Cheers...Chris
    Chris,

    When on earth did you acquire an Aussie accent? Better lay off the Pennfolds Merlot. By-the-way, how is your good friend, 'Tiny', doing? Haven't seen or heard of him in a while...

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    Thank you gentlemen - apologies for my ignorance re the Canso.

    The time fits perfectly Ragnar - although I omitted to give the time datum (a sin for which I apologise) I was working on GST.

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    I have just discovered a twist to this tale.

    1407 Met Flight was plagued by aircraft unserviceability for much of its time at Reykjavik and during March and April 1944 162 (RCAF) Squadron helped out by flying occasional meteorological reconnaissance sorties ("Even the birds were walking" by Kington and Rackliff). Cook's Canso was combining this meteorological task with a CLA when it sank U-342 (which had only assumed its weather reporting duties the previous day).

    U-342 was the first "Wetterboot" to be sunk whilst on station and for its fate to have been brought about by an aircraft on meteorological duties is a remarkable coincidence.

    Brian

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    Just a minor footnote: the aircraft involved was Canso 9767, coded "S", built by Boeing in BC. It survived the war, and was airworthy as recently as 2005 in Canada.

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    Thanks Bill. A bit of Googling reveals it was still airworthy in 2009, but owned by Enterprise Air Inc, Orly, Paris. There are photos (?1990s) at http://1000aircraftphotos.com/Contributions/Maire/2531.htm.

    Brian

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