Date: 03/04/1945

Squadron Code: 'F'

Serial Number: Liberator MK.VIII - KK321
U-Boat details : Unknown
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Base: Ballykelly
Time UP:0751 (3rd) - Time DOWN: 2052 (3rd) - Duration: 13hrs 1 min
Duty: A/U Patrol W/8 - Moved 270/50

After six hours on patrol round position 5330N, 1230W, an oil stdn was seen at 1600, 5338N, 1300W & investigated with high tea, after markers had indicated that it was advancing at 2 knots, 60 deg out of wind. The high tea pattern gave no results but at 1800, 5339N, 1303W a black pipe was seen apparently 3" diameter & 2ft long from surface of the water. Binoculars confirmed the sighting. An attack was made but no results obtained and aircraft left the scene at 1908.


Crews on this day:

F/L L.M. Francis (capt) - F/O J.C. Starr (2nd-pilot) - F/Sgt L. Newton (Nav) - F/O J.F. Hansen (2nd Nav) - W/O's D.H. Coggan, E. Longden & J. Brough - F/Sgt's J.A. Henry, E. Skelton & Sgt I.P. Frost.



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During WWII, the RAF used three-letter codes to identify their aircraft from a distance. Two large letters were painted before the roundel, which signified the squadron to which the aircraft belonged, and another letter was painted after the roundel which indicated the individual aircraft. Aditionally, there was the individual serial number for each aircraft, which was painted in a much smaller size, usually somewhere at the rear of the aircraft: (more)

Codes used by RAF 59 Squadron:

PJ Sep 1938 - Sep 1939
TR Sep 1939 - Oct 1942
1 Aug 1943 - Jul 1944
WE Jul 1944 - Oct 1945
BY Oct 1945 - Jun 1946, Dec 1947 - Oct 1950