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10 years 1 month ago #98 by Turner
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Can anyone help with the following?

In the course of interviewing Flt Lt Geoff Shakespeare of 224 Squadron about his service he has mentioned the sinking of a U-Boat by his crew (he pushed the button) between late 44 and May 45. Does anyone know which aircraft and U-Boat were involved?

Unfortunately whilst he has kept photographs he disposed of his gear and logbook after the war.

I know he flew in KK256 as it appears in one of his photos.

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ST

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10 years 1 month ago #713 by Turner
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Can anyone help with the following?

In the course of interviewing Flt Lt Geoff Shakespeare of 224 Squadron about his service he has mentioned the sinking of a U-Boat by his crew (he pushed the button) between late 44 and May 45. Does anyone know which aircraft and U-Boat were involved?

Unfortunately whilst he has kept photographs he disposed of his gear and logbook after the war.

I know he flew in KK256 as it appears in one of his photos.

Thanks
ST

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10 years 1 month ago #714 by PeterClare
PeterClare replied the topic: 224 Squadron U-Boat sinkings
29 March 1945.

U 1106. Type VIIC/41 Commanded by Oberleutnat zur See Erwin Bartke.

Liberator O/224 Squadron.

Up 0342 hrs
Down 1430 hrs.

Crew.
F/L. M A. Graham.
F/S. R. Steed.
F/L. J. Timmins.
F/O. G. Shakespeare.
F/L. S A. Goodacre.
Sgt. S A. Peterson.
Sgt. A G. Dulieu.
Sgt. T. Owen.
Sgt. G A. Shuttlewotrh.
F/S. B S. Bennett.
F/O. R J. Lidbury.

From Milltown they reached their patrol area at 0514 hrs. Just over four hours later in 6144/0223, flying at 1,000 feet they sighted a wake at three miles. homed to one mile and sighted a positive schnorkel, and made an attack. As the depth-charges exploded, the stern of the U-boat rose to the surface, but then disappeared. At 1020 hrs a sonobuoy pattern was laid from which the sounds of banging and machinery noises could be heard. There was also an intermittent propeller beat but this was mostly drowned out by the other noises.

U 1106 a deep-diving schnorkel boat failed to return from this her first patrol which had commenced from Kiel on 23 March.

Search Find And Kill - Franks.

uboat.net/boats/u1106.htm


Hope this is a help

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Peter

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10 years 1 month ago #720 by Turner
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Peter that is excellent stuff. Thank you.

This should help the old boy fill in a few blanks (although about this incident, there seem to be few). Will come back to the forum when I've spoken to him some more. He'll be pleased to find out the date and the U-Boat number. He left the RAF after the war and became a school teacher. I am friends with his grandson, the 3rd teacher in the line.

To quote the man himself:

We encountered a U-Boat once. The radar operator picked up the snorkel and we homed onto it. It was early morning and reasonably light so we didn

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10 years 2 weeks ago #727 by Turner
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I have now purchased my own copy of "Search, Find and Kill", but am short of some more data.

Has anyone got the losses book covering Coastal Command 44-45 and would they be kind enough to tell me how many aircraft 224 Squadron lost between Oct 44 and the end of the war in Europe? It should be very few. To be precise my interviewee only remembers one, lost near Norway?

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Steve

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10 years 2 weeks ago #729 by PeterClare
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Hi Steve,

I have the following 224 Squadron losses.

6 June 1944

Liberator B/224 (No serial number)

Shot down by U 963 (?)

F/O. R H. Buchan-Hepburn RAAF
F/S. G J. Faire
F/S. P. Hogan RAAF
F/S. J D. Whitby RAAF
F/S. M. Dickenson RAAF
F/S. B. Hands RAAF
F/S. A. Kennedy RAAF
F/S. H. Earl RAAF
F/S. L. Barns
Sgt. A. Collins

Liberator M/224 (No serial number)

Shot down by U 256 (?)

F/O. E E. Allen DFC RCAF
P/O. M E. Maynard RCAF
F/L. W J. Esler RAAF
P/O. H E. Pugaley
W/O. H. McIllaney
SGt. D E. Foggatt
Sgt. A R. Croft
Sgt. S J. Mitchell
Sg J B G. Gray
Sgt. A. McLaughlhlin
F/L. L R. Aust DFC DFM

12 June 1944

Liberat S/2/224 (No serial number)

Probably shot down be U 441

Took off St.Eval 0105 hrs on 12 June to patrol West Channel area - failed to return.

F/L. J E.Jenkinson. RNZAF
F/S. K. Graves
F/L. A M. McCleod RNZAF
F/S. T F. Jones RAAF
P/O. C C. Chiy
W/O. F J. Reid
F/S. L. Starr
F/S. L. Dixon.
Sgt. R T. Green
Sgt. A. Jenkins

This is all I can find at the moment, hope its a help

Regards
Peter.

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