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Old 11th July 2020, 21:16
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Re: 39th Beaufort Squadron in Malta.

Six copies listed on ABEBooks.com. One of them available from an Italian book store.

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Re: 39th Beaufort Squadron in Malta.

The detachments from Malta were from the main squadron headquarters in Egypt. Hence they would return there, until 1943 after the success of Operation Torch provided bases in the west.
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Old 16th July 2020, 13:38
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Re: 39th Beaufort Squadron in Malta.

Many missions were long-range, may be called 'shuttle', starting in Egypt/Libya and ended in Malta, and vice-versa, usually after some missions were flown from Malta near Sicily, Southern Italy or Corfu.

L9894 Bu Amud and Malta IV.42.
N1002 Bu Amud and Malta IV.42. Damaged 14.4.42.
N1094 II.42. Crashed on takeoff from LG.86 1.6.42. Ralph Barker, the future author of numerous books on aviation, was then wounded.
N1100 Bu Amud IV.42. Also flew in 22 Sqn.
N1166 Bu Amud and Malta IV.42. S/D by Bf 109 (FW Ludwig Reibel, I/JG 53, witnessed by Cant Z.506, 170a Squa) during attack on a convoy near Sicily on 14.4.42. Pilot Way and crew killed.
AW240 Luqa, Malta, 42. Lost with the crew from 217 Sqn 3.7.42.
DD951 LG.86 VI.42. Malta VI.42.
DD976 Malta VI.42. Lost during convoy attack near Palermo 23.6.42.
DD989 Crashed immediately after takeoff from LG.226 10.7.42.
DD993 From 217 to 39 Sqn. Damaged 3.7.42. Destroyed in air attack on Luqa, 11.10.42.
DE111 Gianaclis, late 42. Desert scheme.
AW290 Lost attacking a convoy near Corfu on August 24, 1942.
AW295 Listed in both 86 (with which arrived to Malta) and 39 Sqn. Lost VIII.42.
AW300 Malta VI.42.
AW349 Malta II.43. FTR from the attack on ships off Sicily on 24.2.43.
DD892 FTR from a patrol near Sicily/southern Italy on 11.4.43.
DD896 Malta, end of 1942, and V.43. DSG/EDSG /Azure.
DD898 X.42.-V.43.
DD906 Luqa, Malta IV-V.43. Torpedoed the last ship sunk by the RAF's Beaufort (Italian "Aquino") on 24.4.43.
DD910 I-II.43. FTR from the attack on the convoy off the Italian coast on 25.2.43.
DD928 I-III.43. FTR from the attack on the convoy near Sicily on 12.3.43.
DD934 I-III.43. FTR from the attack on naval convoy near Palermo 13.3.43.
DD936 Crashed into the sea near Sicily on an anti-ship patrol on May 16, 1943.
DD942 Protville II, Tunisia, VI.43.

After that Beaufighters, part of the first Coastal Strike Wing.
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Old 16th July 2020, 15:19
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Re: 39th Beaufort Squadron in Malta.

Hi Zoran

Always interesting to check your lists provided!
Can you please explain what you mean with Bu (you can't mean broken up)

Also some aircraft you list were never with No 39 Sq (as per the Air Britain book)
Are N1100 and DE111 confirmed from ORBs, and if yes, more than once?

That book also says:
DD934 lost 12.3.1943 (ie same day as DD928) Did 39 Sq actually have two missions in a row attacking the same type of target in the same area?

Likewise DD936 is stated as lost 15.3.1943

Your comments appreciated
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Old 16th July 2020, 16:31
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Re: 39th Beaufort Squadron in Malta.

Hello Stig,
Bu Amud is a place in Libya (LG 147). See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...g_World_War_II
Most of the data is from orbs, but also from books or individual logbooks or published interviews in some form.
At this moment I cannot remember the other questions, so I'll answer later.
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Old 16th July 2020, 16:43
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Re: 39th Beaufort Squadron in Malta.

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Hello Stig,
Bu Amud is a place in Libya (LG 147).
Zoran
I have to confess Zoran, I had a laugh at that!
So much for my geography knowledge.....

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Old 16th July 2020, 16:51
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Re: 39th Beaufort Squadron in Malta.


Bu Amud 1942



Malta



Beaufighters, Protville, Tunisia





Marauder 'A', I believe HD611.
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Re: 39th Beaufort Squadron in Malta.

Thanks friends.
Tell me how true the statement is that No 39 Squadron, which returned to Malta in January 1943, was engaged exclusively in night raids against enemy ships and ground targets. Were there daytime attacks?
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Re: 39th Beaufort Squadron in Malta.

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Thanks friends.
Tell me how true the statement is that No 39 Squadron, which returned to Malta in January 1943, was engaged exclusively in night raids against enemy ships and ground targets. Were there daytime attacks?
The Operations Record Book would tell you that. As I posted above, it’s free to download at the moment. Worth taking advantage while the opportunity lasts!
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Old 18th July 2020, 10:53
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Re: 39th Beaufort Squadron in Malta.

Hello all,
the best way to search orbs is http://www.rafcommands.com/database/air27/index.php

And to Stig:
N1100 was at Bu Amud IV.42, (listed as 1100) and flew with 39 Sqn, crews were from 22 Sqn on at least one occasion.



DE111 There is a profile (could be wrong caption). Confirmed as 'V' in 47 Sqn, as late as IV.43 at Misurata West.
DD928 I-III.43. Coded 'C'. FTR from the evening attack on the convoy near Sicily on 12.3.43., the same as bellow.
DD934 I-III.43. Coded 'C'. FTR from the attack on naval convoy near Palermo 13.3.43. That was evening mission 12/13.3, hence difference in dates. 'C' and 'N missing, and 'A' DD943 was also badly damaged.
DD936 Crashed into the sea near Sicily on an anti-ship patrol on May 16, 1943. Also probably coded 'N'. Summary says that 'N' was missing, but no serial. 'V' DD940 searched, but with no results. Monthly records are dark and serials unreadable.

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