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    Default Circus 105 - 03 October 1941

    Can anyone suggest where I can find out some background information about this raid?
    Won't be able to get to Kew for a while...
    Thanks,
    Tom

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    Hi Tom,

    I find Tony Wood's Combat Claims & Casualties a good place to start. His website seems to be having hiccoughs at the moment, it's normally

    http://www.lesbutler.ip3.co.uk/tony/tonywood.htm

    But I have also found it here

    http://don-caldwell.we.bs/claims/tonywood.htm

    For the query at hand, he has an operation to the power station at Ostend. 14 Squadrons took part (144 sorties), claiming 1 Me109 destroyed and 1 damaged for the loss of three Spitfire Vb's - Sgt. H. Cox and Sgt. G.E.F. Wood-Scawen of 92 Squadron, Sgt. J.C. Ward of 54 Squadron.

    HTH,

    Jeff

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    Default A little bit of info

    Tom,

    For the bombers, we have:
    Target: Power Station at Ostend
    Bombers: Six from No.2 Group
    Height of bombing: 10,000

    For the fighters:
    Squadrons involved: 14
    Escort Wing: 71, 111, 222
    Cover: 72, 92, 609
    Forward Support: 306, 308, 315, 485, 602
    Rear Support: 54, 603, 611

    Enemy losses: 1
    RAF losses: 3

    Remarks: No. 92 Squadron mistook enemy for No.609 Squadron.

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    Default Circus 105

    Extract from 'Swift to Battle, Vol.1'

    The following day the target for the bombers on Circus 105 was Ostend power station. Wg Cdr Parkin led 12 Spitfires of 72 Sqn and the wing as escort, crossing the French coast at Neiuwport before turning towards the target. The wing then encountered heavy flak, which continued to harry them until over the sea. The flak had some success, with pilots reporting seeing one Spitfire going down with its tail cut off.

    Yours

    Tom

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    Jeff, Stephen, Tom - many thanks to you all for such speedy replies - will take a look at that website.
    Tom

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