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The Element of Surprise by Robert Barbour.


The Element of Surprise by Robert Barbour.

On 20th October 1943, Wildcat and Avenger aircraft from the Carrier US Core, on patrol north of the Azores, surprised U378, a type VIIC U-boat which had been active in that area. The element of surprise was so complete that the submarines guns remained unmanned throughout the action.
Item Code : DHM0760The Element of Surprise by Robert Barbour. - This Edition
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Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 2nd July
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2July1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O R. J. Powell of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
2July1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. A. R. J. Harrison of 219 Squadron, was Killed.
2July1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. E. F. Porter of 141 Squadron, was Killed.
2July1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. V. Gill of 23 Squadron, was Killed.
2July1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. W. G. Sharratt of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
2July1941Former Polish Battle of Britain pilot, P/O W. Lapkowski of 203 Squadron, was Killed.

 

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