Date: 06/02/1943
Squadron Code: 'D'
Serial Number: Fortress IIA FL463
U-Boat details : U-753
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Base: Chivenor
Time Up: 0933 - Time Down: 2055 - Duration: 11hrs 22mins
Op: A/S Patrol

Aircraft: Fortress IIA FL463’'D', Crew: Capt P/O S.G. Duplooy, Nav F/Sgt M.N. Black, Sgt L.W. Moore, P/O R.V. MacDonald, P/O K. Coates, Sgt H.S. Wilson, Sgt G. Knight, F/O P.R. Galbraith.

Duty: A/S Patrol A.P. 8,

Time Up: 0933 Down 2055,

Details: Patrol carried out at 2,500 feet. Exchanged signals with three friendly destroyers in position 48'30'N., 10'20'W. Having reached P.L.E. in position 47 18’N., 18 47’W., patrol was shortened. At 16.20 hours, in position 46 59’N., 16 42’W., sighted and attacked U/Boat. ‘'D' was flying at 3,300 feet on track 090 with 7/10 Cu cloud just above, when look-out in nose sighted the wake of a U/Boat three points on starboard bow four miles away. When two miles away this was seen to be a fully surfaced U/Boat on course 240, speed 6 knots. ‘'D' turned to starboard losing height rapidly to deliver attack from up-run, but could not lose sufficient height to deliver attack during first run. When 1,000 yards away mid-upper turret opened fire at U/Boat and continued firing until out of his field. Numerous hits were seen on conning tower. When 800 yards away, U/Boat opened fire with what was believed to be cannon. ‘'D' sustained no hits. Three of four men were seen on conning tower, who appeared to scramble for cover. As ‘'D' passed over, rear gunner opened fire, scoring numerous hits on conning tower. ‘'D' turned to starboard and starboard beam gunner opened fire as U/Boat was diving. ‘'D' completed a 200 degree turn to starboard and dropped 5 D.C.s on track of 000 degrees from 50 feet, 30 seconds after U/Boat had submerged, three swirl lengths ahead of swirl, 90 degrees to track of U/Boat from port to starboard. Beam gunner saw D.C.s explode and straddle track, but beyond usual D.C. scum, no further results were observed. Load - 7 x 250 lb Amatol D.C.s. References: CHI/01/6/2, PL/G5/5/2

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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