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    Exeter was bombed on 4 May 1942 by, I believe, 20 bombers, possibly Junkers. Can anyone provide details of the raid and possible interception by RAF nightfighters please? Not bothered with the impact on Exeter as that well recorded.

    I've tried to obtain the information from the LEMB website, but I haven't used it for some time and I can't login as it refuses to accept my email address.

    Brian

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    Hi

    from the tony wood files

    RAF 10 Gp. 604 Sqn. 1 Beaufighter If 01.40 hrs. Interception 1 - 0 - 0 Do 217 No casualty GCI/AI: Portland

    Claim 04.05.42 Pilot 10 Group 604 Sqn. 1 - 0 - 0 Do 217 01.40: off Portland
    Claim 04.05.42 Radio Observer 10 Group 604 Sqn.

    RAF 10 Gp. 604 Sqn. 1 Beaufighter If 02.18 hrs. Interception 0 - 1 - 0 Do 217 No casualty GCI/AI: Portland

    Claim 04.05.42 Pilot 10 Group 604 Sqn. 0 - 1 - 0 Do 217 12.18: Portland
    Claim 04.05.42 Radio Observer 10 Group 604 Sqn.

    RAF 10 Gp. 307 Sqn. 1 Beaufighter II 01.42 hrs. Interception 2 - 0 - 0 Ju 88 No casualty GCI/AI: near Exeter

    Claim 04.05.42 Pilot 10 Group 307 Sqn. 1 - 0 - 0 Ju 88 01.42: near Exeter
    Claim 04.05.42 Radio Observer 10 Group 307 Sqn.
    Claim 04.05.42 Pilot 10 Group 307 Sqn. 1 - 0 - 0 Ju 88 01.50: Colyton
    Claim 04.05.42 Radio Observer 10 Group 307 Sqn.

    RAF 10 Gp. 307 Sqn. 1 Beaufighter II 02.55 hrs. Interception 1 - 0 - 0 Ju 88 No casualty GCI/AI: Lyme Bay

    Claim 04.05.42 Pilot 10 Group 307 Sqn. 1 - 0 - 0 Ju 88 02.55: Lyme Bay
    Claim 04.05.42 Radio Observer 10 Group 307 Sqn.

    RAF 10 Gp. 307 Sqn. 1 Beaufighter II 01.45 hrs. Interception 1 - 0 - 0 Ju 88 No casualty GCI/AI: Torbay

    Claim 04.05.42 Pilot 10 Group 307 Sqn. 1 - 0 - 0 Ju 88 01.45: Torbay
    Claim 04.05.42 Radio Observer 10 Group 307 Sqn.


    If no posted the actual details of the raid and luftwaffe lost, a/c i will try to turn out my files in a few days, think i have at least details for all a/c and a couple of crash reports.

    4 May 1942
    Sgt Illaszewicz/ P/O Lisowski Ju88 - - 01:42 off Topsham
    F/O Neyder / Sgt Woźny Ju88 - - 02:17 off Colyton
    F/O Andrzejewski / Sgt Kalisiewicz Ju88 - - 02:55 15 miles S of Beer Head
    F/O Andrzejewski / Sgt Kalisiewicz Ju88 - - 01:46 8 miles E of Torbay Bay.

    For the squadron, the great success brought the night of 3rd/4th May. The Luftwaffe mustered up a big raid on Exeter (‘Baedeker’ raids) and airmen of 307 bagged four kills. The crew of F/Sgt Illaszewicz and F/O Lissowski scored twice, while F/O Neyder and Sgt Wozny, with F/O Andrzejewski and Sgt Wozny, recorded each one German aircraft shot down. The winning crews paid for these kills with theirs meager possessions, which were burnt when one of the bombers crashed at their living quarters. After this victory, F/O Lissowski received the DFC - the first to be awarded in the unit.



    topsham a/c
    10/kg30 ju-88a-5 5169 4D+FU
    colyton a/c
    12/kg77 ju-88a-5 0331 3Z+HW
    portland a/c
    10/kg30 ju-88a-5 3389 4D+EU

    cheers
    jerry
    Last edited by brewerjerry; 4th October 2010 at 06:23.

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    Much obliged Jerry, that is very helpful.

    Brian

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