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Title: Spitfires over Germany - 11 Group ADGB - summer 1944
Post by: DavidCIsby on April 07, 2011, 04:55:41 PM
In summer 1944, 11 Group's Spitfires started flying escort missions for Bomber Command daylight raids over Germany.  This included attacks on the U-boat yards at Emden and the oil refinery at Meerbeck.

These operations encountered minimal Luftwaffe air opposition.

What external tanks did these Spitfires carry?

Can anyone direct me to sources on these escort missions?

When did they stop?

thanks,
David Isby


Title: Re: Spitfires over Germany - 11 Group ADGB - summer 1944
Post by: JamesF on May 01, 2011, 01:52:29 PM
David, I have a great book written by WGCDR Tom Neil DFC*,AFC,AE, in which he describes in great detail umongst others, a US bomber escort mission flown by 41 SQN from West Hampnett, when they were operating Spitfire XII's.  Not quite the time period your after, but he describes interesting details about the belly slipper tanks they were using.  For example despite numerous efforts to sort his tank, on this mission again it would'nt jettison.  Very good book published by Speciality Press, Stillwater Minnesota (spelling?).  ISBN 0 7110 1918 5.  First published in 1990 and by Ian Allen Printing Ltd Shepperton Surrey.


Title: Re: Spitfires over Germany - 11 Group ADGB - summer 1944
Post by: JamesF on October 19, 2011, 11:29:54 AM
Yes I also have that book by Tom Niell, it's very good!  He really describes in detail flying the Spitfire on that escort trip, Also one of the best descriptions is earlier in the book when he describes a night sortie...very good.