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Old 20th September 2009, 13:17
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Luftwaffe bomber losses Jan & Feb 1941

Hello Guys,

I'm trying to find out whether there were any Luftwaffe bomber losses from Operations in the Scotland area from Mid-Jan to Mid-Feb '41. In John Foreman's RAF Victory Claims Part 2 all I can find are:

Jan:

12th - 3 Sqn - F/L A.E. Berry - Do 17 Destroyed - Fair Isle

17th - 3 Sqn - F/L A.E. Berry - He 111 Destroyed - Fair Isle

Feb:

13th - 111 Sqn - P/O Gage - He 111 Damaged - Off Aberdeen

I believe 602 Sqn based at Prestwick made a number of interceptions during both of those periods, especially on the 20th Jan off the Mull of Kintyre, allegedly against a He 111 and possibly on 18th Feb off Arran (could be up to 3 days later than the 18th), this time against two He 111s.

If anybody has access to Luftwaffe loss lists for that period I would be very interested to know if any losses were recorded for aircraft operating in that area.

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Old 20th September 2009, 14:35
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Re: Luftwaffe bomber losses Jan & Feb 1941

Tom,

A couple I have from notes,

12-2-41 Ju88 1(F)/120 misssion the E.Coast of Scotland hit by AA crashed Pitarlie crew killed.

19-2-41 He111 I/KG26 mission to E.coast Scotland missing following AA damage .

21-2-41 He111 3/KG26 sent to attack oil tanks at thr Faroes Islands, hit by ground fire and ditched by the Faroes crew POW, picked up by ship and bought to Leith,

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Re: Luftwaffe bomber losses Jan & Feb 1941

Hi Tom

From John Freman's "1941-The Turning Point - Ftom the Battle of Britain to the Blitz,Vol 1"

12-1-41 11.30 hrs Red secton of 3 Squadron scrambled from Sumburgh & at 11.40
intercepted a Dornier 17 over Fair Isle and claimed probably destroyed by
F/Lt Berry. Air Intellegence reported a German aircraft cashing in Sea in this
area

17-1-41 2 Hurricanes of 3 Squadron on patrol intercepted a He111H-2 of Wekusta 1
over Fair Isle. This was shot down by F/Lt Berry and crashed on Fail Isle
it was T5+HU or EU (2645) of Wekusta 1 flown by Lt.Thurz,.

13-2-41 18.30 Hrs P/O Gage & P/O Tucker claimed a He.111 damaged off Aberdeen
Mr.Foreman ties this in with a He111 of 3/KG53 which force-landed at
Sangatte damaged 50% - NB:this seems unlikely

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Re: Luftwaffe bomber losses Jan & Feb 1941

Hello Brian and Bruce,

Many thanks for digging out the additional info, if anybody knows of any further losses I'd really appreciate hearing of them.

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Re: Luftwaffe bomber losses Jan & Feb 1941

23-2-1941 He115 3/506 wn 2774 missing from mission to E Coast of Scotland.
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Old 23rd September 2009, 10:39
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Re: Luftwaffe bomber losses Jan & Feb 1941

Thanks again Brian,

Think I need to make a trip to Kew to look at the 602 Sqn ORB as I can't find any combat reports...

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