144 Sqn RAF Beaufighter 9 Feb 1945



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Description A damaged Royal Air Force Bristol Beaufighter TF.X, NE831 'PL-O', of No. 144 Squadron RAF, at rest after crash-landing at Dallachy, Morayshire (UK), on returning from the costly attack on the German destroyer Z-33 and its escorting vessels in Førde Fjord, Norway, on 9 February 1945. 31 Beaufighters of the Dallachy Strike Wing were involved in the operation, of which 9 were shot down by German fighters and anti-aircraft defences. Flight Sergeant S. Butler (pilot) and Flight Sergeant Nicholls (navigator) in NE831 were the last to attack the vessels, during which they were hit by flak from Z-33, and then by fire from a Focke Wulf Fw 190. After manoeuvring violently, Butler managed to escape over the North Sea to make a successful wheels-up landing at Dallachy.
Date 9 February 1945(1945-02-09)
IWMLondonThumbnail.jpg This is photograph No. [http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205210793 CH17875] from the Imperial War Museums collections. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Author Royal Air Force official photographer


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