Date: 17/10/1943
Squadron Code: 'B'
Serial Number: Liberator Mk.V - FL975
U-Boat details : U-271 - Attacked - no damages - survived
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Base: Meeks Field (Iceland)
Time UP: 0757 hrs- Time Down: 0002hrs - Duration: 17hrs 59mins
Op: A.S Sweep - C.L.A Search (Creeping Line Ahead)

ORB notes the following: Under direction from C/V, in area 59'35'N, 31'40'W, after sending PATRICK, was unlucky enough in two good runs to be able to only drop one out of 8 DC's - the remainder hung up. There was flak on the first run only.

Crew on this day: S/L B.A. Sisson (capt) - F/O R.A. Williams - W/O W. Whittaker - Sgt N.W. Beames - F/O E.L.J Cook - F/O H. Humphries - P/O N.R Gamble - F/S W. McLoughlin


Flak Boats - Group Schlieffen:

This attack was most likely to have been on a U-boat from Group Schlieffen - which was involved in a battle around the convoys ONS-20 and ON-206 at this time. Only one Flak Boat (U-Flak) is recorded as a member of this group, U-271 - According to - during October of 1943 - U-271 was one of two U-Flak's providing A.A. cover in the refuelling areas north of the Azores, the other being U-256.


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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