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Old 18th May 2018, 00:41
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Re: Boston deliveries to BSF 1944

Alex, a few more 244 BAP losses:

A-20B, S/N: 41-2941 (engines: 41-25704, 41-25698 ) was MIA on September 19, 1943.
A-20B, S/N: 41-3090 (engines: 41-25985, 41-25981) was MIA on September 19, 1943.
A-20B, S/N: 41-3218 (engines: 41-27631, 41-27618) was lost in an accident on September 19, 1943.

(Note, that 244 BAP had crew losses on September 17 and 18, - not aware of anything on the 19th - , perhaps 19th is just the date of the write off of prev. days' losses.)

On August 17, 1944 A-20B, S/N: 41-3098 of 244 BAP, 3rd Squadron lost an engine in combat, but was repaired afterwards. Sorry, no more info on 132 BAD, 244 BAP A-20 Bostons in 1944.

In 1945, A-20G-20-DO, S/N: 42-86694 of 244 BAP, 3rd Squadron belly landed with мл.л-т Углицкий Николай Ильич's crew onboard at Sierpc (Warsaw-NW, ~100 km, Poland) on February 20, 1945, but was also repaired and returned in combat service.

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Old 18th May 2018, 14:55
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Re: Boston deliveries to BSF 1944

Many thanks again Gabor, as you may recollect my main area of activity
is VVS and VMF periods June -October 1941 and then March through
Aug 1944. Also 9th AF period July Aug 1943 and 15th AF period April
through Aug 1944. In the meantime I got some info from my Russian VMF
historians collegues and here maybe you can help me out :

In the period from January 2 to 18, 1943 the Black Sea Fleet 36th MTAP regiment
returned to the Caucasian Ayr. Jandar-Gelendjik ,There it was re-formed in a
three-squadron regiment, supplemented by graduates of flight schools and air force pilots from
the Pacific Fleet, and retrained on A-20B and A-20C Boston . These A-20's were
not equipped with torpedo racks.

As of March 25, 1943, the 36th MTAP operated 22 DB-7B Boston and an A-20G Boston.
As of October 1, 1943, the regiment consisted of 11 A-20C and 6 A-20G, out of which only 6 aircrafts were equipped
with torpedo racks. The main task of the regiment at this time was the bombing of the ports of the southern coast of Crimea
At the beginning of 1944, the 36th MTAP had 6 A-20G and 20 A-20C in the aire. Skadovsk (1st AE) and 9/9 A-20G on the ayr. Gelendzhik
(2nd and 3rd AE). In addition, another "Boston" regiment was on the aire. Meria.

Question : Can you check with your Russian friends as into S/N's of the A-20 of this Regiment period Sept 1943 ?


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Old 18th May 2018, 18:32
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Re: Boston deliveries to BSF 1944

I can try, but absolutely no guarantee, especially because as far as I know soviet Navy records are stored in a different archive we never tried to check, simply because we were never interested in such records.

It is interesting, however, that A-20G Boston, S/N: 43-9505 (which was assigned to the 17 VA, 244 BAD between October 1, 1944 and January 1, 1945) has a pencil written VMF (Navy) note beside its entry in the Southern 244 BAD mechanical documents which suggests that it was re-assigned to the 244 BAD as a replacement plane from (probably) the Black Sea Navy, sometime in the fall of 1944. If so, perhaps from 36 MTAP, - even if it was not a "first generation" A-20G. (She survived the war in 244 BAD service at least until July 1, 1945.)

As of older Bostons of 244 BAP, 3rd Squadron, found record of A-20B, S/N: 13033, which was damaged by flak on May 20, 1943 and after major repair, returned into combat duty.

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