U-742

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  1. cheddar cheese

    cheddar cheese Active Member

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    U-742 under attack from a Catalina patrol plane. Despite suffering from a staggering 72 wounds sustained during the bombing, RAF pilot John Cruickshank sank the U-boat and returned to base 5 and a half hours away. He was awarded the Victoria Cross.

    (From Jeremy Clarkson's book "I know you got soul")

    (Sorry for the poor picture, the book wouldnt fit in the scanner ;) )
     

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    Wow, just shows how much puishment a Catalina could take if it could fly back crippled for 5 and a half hours. That guy deserved the VC
     
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    Hell yeah, I was amazed when I read that. 72 injuries!!! :shock:
     
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    I've got a story back home of the only aircraft and pilot to sink 2 U-Boats in one mission. I remember the pilot's name was Terence Bulloch and he was flying Liberators in 120 squadron but I can't remember the codes for the aircraft
     
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    72 wounds?! :shock:
    They damn well better have given him the VC!
     
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    72 wounds must be from the shrapnel I suppose. note if the U-boot is correct in having the AA crews killed while the A/C is on the other side ? or is this the right boot ? note the twin 2 20mm installations pointed in the wrong direction and the 37mm to the rear. One reason why later war boots starting having a front turm with a heavy AA piece forward.....

    interesting pic.......
     
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    72 wounds!! :shock: The VC was the least they could do - What did they do with all the Shrapnel they took out of him? he could have started his own scrap metal business with that lot.
     
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    He would of been fun going through an airport metal detector :lol:
     
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    :lol:

    Every time I read that quote it amazes me. I think its probably my favourite story from WW2 8)
     
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    Just shows the courage of the unsung Coastal Command crews
     
  11. Robert Gibbons

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    Erich spotted the mistake. I believe it is the wrong boat. F/L Cruickshank and his crew sank U-347 July 17 1944. If the picture is of U-742, records show that F/O R Vaughan and his crew, who were also flying a Catalina IVA out of Sullom Voe, sank the boat the following day. There are a number of extraordinary similarities in the details of the 2 actions. I cite Gallery (where you can find details of all known aircraft losses in Shetland during WWII) and also uboat.net/boats/u742.htm. My father was a member of F/O Vaughan’s crew. They all survived but the aircraft neve made it back to base. He had a 4.5 US gallon cylindrical metal water container full of shrapnel holes as a memento.
     
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    Robert

    welcome aboard the forum, good eyes on ya.............yes I still think it is the wrong photo
     
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    Thanks Erich. I've just visited uboat.net again and they say the sinking of U-347 was by a Liberator and U-361 was sunk by Cruickshank's Catalina. The 2 records are alleged to have previously been confused. However, the picture mystery is still not solved as all 3 boats were type VIIC which appearto have had deck guns forward of the conning tower.
     
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