Date: 24/05/1944
Squadron Code: 'L'
Serial Number: Liberator GR.Mk.V - FL989
U-Boat details : Unknown
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Base: ?
Take off time: ?
Op: A/S Patrol

Attack One:

A 210 Squadron aircraft attacked a U-boat off Trondheim and according to Endurance (Alwyn Jay) Wes Loney and crew in L/59 were sent out to make a square search of the area as back up. At 21:00 they sighted a destroyer in convoy with two E-boats. MG fire was exchanged and hits were scored on all three vessels. Before an attack run could be made a ME.110 intervened and Loney and crew broke off engagement with the boats in order to fight off the air attack. The enemy fighter left the scene with smoke trailing from one of its engines. By this time Loney and crew had lost contact with the destroyer and E-boats. Loney went on to note that it was probably a good thing they lost contact as there wasn't a lot of future dealing with a destroyer... He also noted that at 21:00 it was full daylight for at that altitude, there was 20 hours of daylight out of 24..

Later that day, 59/S also sighted the two U-boats and destroyer but were unable to make an attack and had been fired upon by an E-boat earlier in the patrol.

Attack Two:

Also noted is that within a couple of hours time after the above mentioned attack, 59/C had attacked another U-boat with MG fire but the boat managed to dive before a D/C attack could be made...

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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