Date: 14/08/1943
Squadron Code: 'S'
Serial Number: Liberator GR.Mk.V - FL984
Enemy Aircraft details : Unknown
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Base: Aldergrove
Time Up: 0522hrs - Time Down: 2150 hrs - Duration: 16hrs 22mins
Op: Escort - Convoy's OS53 and KMS23

Met C/V escorted for 4hrs 21 mins to position 4240'N 1415'W. At 1420 as a result of S/E contact a FW.200 was sighted about 3 miles away bearing 060 degrees red. "S" climbed to intercept and 200-300 yds opened fire wiht .5 MG in nose. No hits seen. E/A passed across bows of "S" which turned to starboard to follow. Port beam gunner fired some 20 rounds at 500 yards and estimated some strikes. E/A fired some rounds of cannon at 1200 yds without result and dived into cloud at 1000ft and was not seen again.

Crew on this day: F/L H.A.L Moran (Capt) - F/O H.R. Aldcroft (2nd pilot) - F/O R.D. Stevenson (Nav) - F/O Stalker - F/Sgt L. Hadfield - F/Sgt J. Moorby - F/Sgt K. Regan


F/59 - BZ765 - (F/L Murray Charlton & crew) was on patrol and escorting convoy SL134 - sighted a FW.200 condor at 1424hrs on the same day as "S" - E/A was reported to have dived into clouds before it could be engaged...

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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