Date: 13/06/1944
Squadron Code: 'K' and 'F'
Serial Number: Liberator Mk.V - BZ716 (K) & Liberator Mk.V - FL985 (F)
U-Boat details : Unknown
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Base: Ballykelly
Take off time: 0147 hrs
Op: A.S Sweep

The day before - a moving oil slick was attacked by two 59 Sqn Liberators K & F/59 - South of Ireland - one of them sighting a periscope and wake - could be the same strickened U-boat as this attack.

ORB notes the following: While on patrol south of ireland at 1202 hours A/C was over a moving oil streak in posn. 49'45'N, 10'30'W lying in the direction 310'T. At 1347 "A" attacked with 6 D/C's and fresh oil appeared immediately. Nothing further was observed however, so a marker was dropped and patrol resumed. Attempts to contact by R/T a nearby naval force were unsuccessful.

"F" crew on this day: F/L D.C.R Alcock (capt) - W/O J.F Seaver (sec pilot) - F/O A. Barrell (nav) - W/O R.N. Pike - Sgt D. Mortimer - Sgt H. Williams - F/S R.J Nunan - F/S R.G. Marlowe.

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:::: Source - Memoires of F/L E.E. Allen DFC ::::....

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