Date: 24/03/1944
Squadron Code: 'R'
Serial Number: Liberator Mk.V - FL988
U-Boat details : Unknown
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Base: Ballykelly
Take off time: 0412 hrs
Op: A.S Escort to SG155

ORB notes the following: "Homing procedure "B" successful. At 1216 hours aircraft met convoy in position 47'10'N, 22'51'W and proceeded to investigate a H/F D/F bearing on visual instructions from S.N.O (Senior Naval Officer). 40 mins. later aircraft was 22 miles from the port quarter of the convoy, the conning tower and bows of a U-boat with decks awash was sighted and the range was closed immediately. Though the U-boat crashed dived, two attacks were carried out, the DC's falling across the apex of the diving swirl. No evidence of damage was observed. An escort vessel homed to the scene of action and was still carrying out a search when aircraft left 2 hours later on account of P.L.E (Prudent Level of Endurance - aka Point of Safe Return).

Crew on this day: F/L W. Teare (capt) - F/O G.E McArthur - F/O J.C. Goodacre - F/S J.P Williams - Sgt P. Stoneman - F/S J. Barr - F/O J.E. Collins - F/S R. Hannah

There is no record of attack on the convoy that this aircraft was escorting - SG155.

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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