Help required for a German friend regarding the shooting down of a Fairey Battle in Northern France

Discussion in '1940' started by Smudger Jnr, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    hello Harry i normally have a good look around at the private headstones but dont recall an aged kerbed headstone assume either the grave fell in to a poor state of family then decided on CWGC headstone

    view of Benson
  2. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    That's a good point Harry. I don't think that we've actually seen a caption stating that this was the aircraft they hit. Perhaps not the same one.
  3. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    I have today spoken with Dierk and clarified that he had written the annotations on the photographs, hence the several mistakes.
    Dierk is currently looking at correspondence sent from his father to see if he can pin down the 14th May 1940.
    He also agreed that the Mk 4 Panzer on the train wagons were underway to Russia and he says he has visited the location and taken a photo showing the rails still in place.
    I mentioned that the tank column photograph appeared to show Czech made tanks to which he replied that his father said that his Reconnaisance unit did use Czech manufactured Tanks.
    I will post any further information as I receive it.
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member

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  5. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Thanks for that map and information.
    It does fit in well with what has been discussed.
  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member

    There is a little more detail as such further down in relation to 103 Squadron on that day (14 May 1940):

    No. 75 Wing
    No. 88 Squadron. Of ten Battles which attacked bridges and columns one was lost.
    No. 103 Squadron. Of eight Battles sent against bridges three were lost.
    No. 218 Squadron. Of eleven Battles attacking bridges and columns ten were lost.

    Fifty-six percent of the seventy-one bombers employed were lost in action that afternoon [this figure is for all 3 wings not just 75]

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