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234 Squadron, St Eval 1940 04 Nov 2015 22:54 #1

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Does anyone have the ORB for 234 Squadron that covers their time at St Eval. I am particularly interested in any claims for 'kills' or 'probables' they made in early October 1940.

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234 Squadron, St Eval 1940 05 Nov 2015 10:18 #2

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Have you tried the downloadable version on the National Archives website? Normally £3.30 for a single Squadron/month but the Summary of Events and Detail of Work Carried Out (DOWCO) are normally from separate files so the month could cost £6.60.

Personally I have only looked at the Summary of Events as I am not interested in missions so I can't comment on the content of the DOWCO version. Some records are better than others.

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234 Squadron, St Eval 1940 05 Nov 2015 10:50 #3

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From the book "Dragon Rampant, the story of 234 Fighter Squadron"......

9 10 40 Ju 88 shot at off Falmouth and last seen heading SE with one engine on fire and the other smoking badly. Claimed as a kill by Morty Mortimer-Rose and Bertie Wootten
Later that day a Do.17 attacking St. Eval was shot down by Sgt. Peter Bell - it ditched off Newquay
19 10 40 Sgt. Hugh Sharpley destroyed a Ju.88 40 miles SW of Lands End at 40,000 ft.
26 10 40 Mortimer-Rose credited with a probable ....... [ whereabouts not given ]
28 10 40 Mortimer-Rose destroyed a Ju.88, 20 miles off The Lizard

That's all the October action.

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234 Squadron, St Eval 1940 05 Nov 2015 11:07 #4

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Many thanks for the info PapaJuliet. The info on the 9th is useful. I have also come across a press report and a war diary entry of another probable on the 10th.

Thanks for the suggestion Peter. Will have to see what I can get.

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234 Squadron, St Eval 1940 06 Nov 2015 00:21 #5

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Have now got those for October 1940.

For the day in question - 10th October 1940 - merely tells me:
"Six aircraft on three interceptions scrambles."

I was trying to find some detail and confirmation on what happened in this incident reported in the local Falmouth press for 10th Oct 1940: “On Thursday afternoon large numbers of people were in the main shopping centres when anti-aircraft batteries opened fire at a Dornier machine which was high up and right over the town. Already, however, the machine seemed to be somewhat abnormal because a wide streak of smoke was flying from it, too wide a streak to be considered as exhaust vapour condensation in cold air. After the firing the volume of smoke increased and the plane turned and made out to sea. It appeared to be losing height, while a British fighter plane was rapidly following it. The trail of smoke hung in the sky for a long time. It was a ‘probable’ score in the British defences’ day’s total.”

I'm thinking now I need the AA Battery's War Diary as my re-reading of the last line attributes the 'probable' to them rather than the RAF.

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234 Squadron, St Eval 1940 06 Nov 2015 00:50 #6

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Something I have never looked at are the individual combat reports. I gather they are also online via TNA, for a price, but I assume they are designed for searching by person rather than date. Might be worth a look.

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