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Six Bristol Beaufighters from No 236 Squadron, part of RAF Coastal Command’s North Coates Strike Wing, strafing Kriegsmarine e-boats (schnellboot in German) along the French coast in June 1944. Hit-and-run raids by these fast German torpedo boats posed a significant threat to Allied mariners on the D-Day invasion, support and resupply vessels.

My picture depicts a typical early morning operation. New Zealand Squadron Leader “Bill” Tacon has led the attack with cannon and 25lb rocket projectiles in TF X Beaufighter NE746, MB-Q – sustaining some damage to the aircraft in what the squadron’s operations book records as “intense accurate” 20 and 40 mm return fire.

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