No. 50 Squadron Royal Air Force In World War Two



No. 50 Squadron Royal Air Force In World War Two
The Diary of a WWII Bomber Squadron - Part 5, 1942 to 1943


Diary of 50 Squadron based at RAF Skellingthorpe including night bombing of Bochum, Germany; laying mines in the Baltic Sea off Gdynia, Poland with the loss of one aircraft; ditching in the North Sea off Denmark, having been attacked by the night fighter of Oberleutnant Werner Speidel. Confirmation via Red Cross of safety of six crew members with the loss at sea of navigator, Sergeant Bernard 'Bunny' Ridsdale. The survivors, Pilot Officer R M Code RCAF, Sergeant H J Boyton RAFVR, Sergeant E F Coling RAFVR, Sergeant A E Langford RAFVR, Sergeant C R Moad RCAF and Pilot Officer A Noble RCAF were made prisoners of war.
During the month of September 1943 the squadron lost 6 aircraft and 21 men killed with 7 being prisoners of war. All aircraft are noted as now being equipped with 'Monica' and some additionally equipped with 'Mandrell.

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Two page typed document


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