Date: 18/06/1943
Squadron Code: 'B'
Serial Number: Liberator Mk.V - FL975
U-Boat details : U-645 type VIIC - No attack completed
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Base: Aldergrove
Time Up: 0835hrs - Time Down: 1614hrs - Duration: 12hrs 39mins
Op: Seaslug/Patrol

After homing on an S.E contact, three U-boats were sighted in Vic formation. The leader and port U-boat dived at four miles range. The third which was the larger remained surfaced, taking violent evasive action. Aircraft circled at 1/2-3/4 mile, U-boat turning inside and firing. Aircraft tried left hand turn, whereupon U-boat crash dived. Aircraft dived from 500ft, 1/2 mile and reached the swirl 45 seconds after U-boat had submerged. Aircraft circled area and homed Y/86 to scene. After advising "Y" of situation, nothing else seen.

Crew on this day: F/O G.B. Lynch (Capt) - W/O W.N. Prentice (Nav) - Sgt A. Kenney (2nd Pilot) - P/O K. Wordsworth - F/S T. Smith - Sgt J.L. Parker - Sgt V.T. Riley

The "" site staes that this attack took place in "square BE 92".

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At time of attack - this U-boat was assigned to 3rd Flotilla - as "front boat".

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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