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    Default Re: A few queries about details of two V-1 shoot downs

    Hello again

    With regards to Tempest SD-U, I see that Aces High Volume 2, page 242 has SD-U as '855' under the entry for Cyril Brooking Thornton on August 11/12 1944.

    Could the mystery 'EJ558/SD-U' cited in Diver! Diver! Diver! on page 351 as mentioned by Col in post #2 possibly be JN855? Could some kind soul please look up JN855 in the relevant Air Britain Serials book?

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    Default Re: A few queries about details of two V-1 shoot downs

    Simon,
    JN855 is only listed with FIU, sold scrap 23.7.47
    Andy

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    Default Re: A few queries about details of two V-1 shoot downs

    Thanks for checking Andy, much appreciated.

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    Default Re: A few queries about details of two V-1 shoot downs

    Just a very slight ‘word of warning’.
    It was broad daylight at 0612 (check time zone used in report) in them parts at that time. There was (roughly) half-cover of Sc at 3000ft. So the cloud would not have made it too ‘dark’. Would the searchlights have been operating efficiently?
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    Default Re: A few queries about details of two V-1 shoot downs

    Further to my post #11, the August 501 Sqn ORB records serials and code letter for their Tempests, unlike later months, and it seems to have two 'U' coded Tempests. The aforementioned 855 'U' and EJ594 'U'.

    They seem to have several Tempests recorded with just the last three of the serials and their code letters, plus four just recorded as ZQ L, ZQ U, ZQ Y and ZQ Z to confuse matters.

    ZQ is the code for the FIU, I believe, so '855' may be JN855 ZQ-U? That could make EJ594 SD-U - at least in August.

    The three number/single letter ones recorded are:

    553 L - that would be EJ553 ZQ-L?
    855 U - that would be JN855 ZQ-U?
    520 Y - that would be EJ520 ZQ-Y?
    ZQ-Z - no number recorded in the ORB.

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    Default Re: A few queries about details of two V-1 shoot downs

    Just a quick bump as I've updated my last post.

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    Default Re: A few queries about details of two V-1 shoot downs

    Just to put my big feet into places where angels fear to tread!
    If the incident is recorded as having taken place at 0612 on 25 Aug 1944 then there are two possibilities.
    0612 on that date/place would be (Local Time) Double British Summer Time (BBST). This would equate to 0412GMT. At 0412GMT it was still dark enough (plus cloud cover) to enable searchlights (a) to lluminate the target, and/or (b) to be used as pointers to guide the fighter towards the target!
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    Default Re: A few queries about details of two V-1 shoot downs

    Thank you Peter.

    I did reply to your 'word of warning' in post #14 suggesting the searchlights may be used to guide the fighter but amended my post as I wasn't sure I was on the right track.

    British Double Summer Time makes the use of the searchlights at 06.12 a great deal clearer (no pun intended), so thank you.

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