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He worked hard, afew times 1have found a second to offer him a cigarette. The combat lasted exactly 59 minutes. After that the three Junkers left us. After one hour ofmixing it over the ocean we did not know our geographical position. We asked base to give us a heading home. Fortunately the engines and the radio were not damaged. Flying the aeroplane was not difficult. As the Germans left, we took the seriously wounded gunner out ofhis nose turret. He was unconscious. Apartfrom removing his parachute harness and loosening his flying suit, we were unable to help him.

Two of these exploded very close to the side of the submarine. Her crew jumped out onto the deck, and the gunners of the aeroplane strafed them. Several sailors fell overboard. The aeroplane circled and attacked the target again with depth charges. One bomb exploded some 10m from the hull. During several more circuits strafing passes were made at the sailors who jumped into the sea in "swimsuits". The immobilised submarine listed to port and a large oil patch was seen behind her. Photos were taken from the aeroplane, which then turned back to base as fuel was running short.

The Wellington was attacked by an enemy aeroplane, but managed to escape undamaged. The submarine was declared probably damaged. Close-up shot ofthe starboThe Squadron effort in May 1944 totalled 22 operations in 578 hours; ard horizontal stabiliser of Wellington "2N" moreover, 517 hours of non operational flying were undertaken. Combat and flying was not all that squadron personnel did, though. In late May the Air Force Theatre Unit (Lotnicza Czo16wka Teatralna) visited Chivenor with the comedy "Husband Out of Kindness", performed by Wanda Stabrowska, Czeslaw Grocholski, Mieczyslaw Pawlikowski, and others.

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