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    Default 75 Sqn Wellington attacked by Intruder Feb 1941

    Hi,
    The official history, New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force (Vol. I) by Wing Commander H. L. Thompson, mentions an attack by a Luftwaffe intruder on a 75 Sqn Wellington:

    “A menace against which the bomber crews had now to be constantly on their guard was the possibility of attack by enemy ‘intruder’ aircraft over England. Lurking in the vicinity of airfields or guide beacons, they waited to pounce upon the bombers as they returned from operations. At the end of a long and tiring flight, with danger from enemy defences and the elements over, it was natural that the aircrews should be tired and at times tempted to relax their watch. It was then that the intruders were able to take their toll. One night towards the end of February [1941], a Wellington was circling the beacon at Marham on return from an attack against Cologne. Fortunately, the crew were still alert, and Flying Officer Brown [William Davenport Brown, RNZAF],2 the rear gunner, saw an aircraft approaching which he identified as hostile. He quickly gave directions to the captain, who manoeuvred the Wellington so that fire from the enemy machine went beneath it. Brown replied with a long burst and tracer was seen to enter the fuselage of the German aircraft, which was driven off.”

    According to the ORB the attack on Cologne was made on the night 26/27 February but it also has the note “A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made”. Unfortunately the ORB is not always the most reliable source. I have seen examples when combats are documented in several other sources but the ORB has notes like “no attacks” or even “no enemy a/c seen”.

    Is there any available source confirming the information in the official history and add information about this combat?


    Thanks in advance,
    Peter
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    Hi Peter,

    The Station Records Book Air28/269 makes mention of two attacks, the first on February 16th 1941 at 21:42hrs followed by a second wave which attacked the Q Site. There is a second entry on February 27th 1941 when the aerodrome was attacked at 11:04hrs. Also within the pages of Air25/52 No.3 Group Operations Book it mentions the enemy raid of February 27th. Although it does not mention RAF Feltwell, it does record attacks on RAF Mildenhall, Oakington and Honnington. The aircraft are identified as Do215's and Ju88s.

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    Steve
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    Thanks Steve,
    Regarding the enemy raid on the 27th mentioned in the Air25/52 No.3 Group Operations Book. Was it the night 26/27 or 27/28?

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    Peter

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    Peter,

    27/28th February 1941.

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    Steve
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