The Fulmar's finest hour?

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  1. RCAFson

    RCAFson Well-Known Member

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    #1 RCAFson, Sep 15, 2012
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    On May 08 1941 Fulmars from Ark Royal and Formidable engaged both the Luftwaffe and Reggia Aeronautica and soundly thrashed them both:

    RA losses:

    4 x SM79
    2 x CR42

    Luftwaffe losses:
    1 x Ju-88
    4 x He-111
    2 x Me-110 (crash landed due to battle damage)
    1 x Me110 damaged
    1 x Ju-87 (confirmed by Fulmar gun camera but not noted in Luftwaffe records)
    1 x Ju87 damaged

    FAA:

    2 x Fulmar (one from bomber defensive fire)
    2 X Fulmar crash landed on CVs
    1X Fulmar crashed due to weather (not combat related)
    6 x Fulmars damaged

    Data from Shores, Mediterranean Air War, 1940-1945: Volume One: North Africa, June 1940-January 1942, p182-185
     
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    Thanks for posting this tally. Impressive for a slow clunky, big kite-like fighter airplane. That does seem a good day.
     
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    The Fulmars were vectored on to their targets by ship based GCI radar. The Luftwaffe aircraft never even sighted the Commonwealth ships due to very cloudy conditions.
     
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    Also the italian royal air force (Regia Aereonautica) used Ju 87 in 1941 so it's possible the that i nthe fulmar gun camera is italian. atm i've no info on deployement of italian dive bomber unit (gruppi bombardamento a tuffo) on 8 may 1941.
     
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