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XyZspineZyX
07-08-2003, 08:26 AM
I was reading about the "Palm Sunday Massacre", an air battle in which 16 (?) Ju-52s re-inforcing German troops in Tunisia were shot down by U.S. P-40s and P-38s.

Would make for an interesting Mediterranean mission, what?

S!
Chris




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XyZspineZyX
07-08-2003, 08:26 AM
I was reading about the "Palm Sunday Massacre", an air battle in which 16 (?) Ju-52s re-inforcing German troops in Tunisia were shot down by U.S. P-40s and P-38s.

Would make for an interesting Mediterranean mission, what?

S!
Chris




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XyZspineZyX
07-08-2003, 08:29 AM
"Recently promoted Capt. Whittaker and the 57th FG would have their finest day, a slaughter that came to be known as the "Palm Sunday Massacre" for the day of the event, April 18, 1943. Over Cape Bon, Tunisia, an Axis force of *60 Junkers Ju 52 transports escorted by 21 Messerschmitt Bf 109 and MC. 202 fighters were headed for the island of Sicily when they were spotted by patrolling P-40Fs of the 57th FGs three component Squadrons and the 314th FS of the 324th FG with a high cover of RAF Supermarine Spitfire Vs from No. 92 Squadron. The American P-40s dove out of the sun and when the smoke had cleared, 59 Ju 52s and 16 fighters had been shot down for the loss of 6 P-40s - arguably the finest single engagement for the P-40 Warhawks ever. In the massacre, Capt. Whittaker destroyed three Ju 52s and one Bf 109G, plus was credited further with one "Damaged" Ju 52 and one "Damaged" Bf 109G. On this day, Capt. Whittaker closed out his overall aerial "scoring" tally for a total of 7 e/a Destroyed, 2 e/a Probables and 4 e/a Damaged."

So I was off by a couple of Ju-52s....................
S!
Chris




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michapma
07-08-2003, 08:32 AM
Now which is it, 16 Junkers or 59?

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XyZspineZyX
07-08-2003, 08:51 AM
The 16 figure was my bad; looks like we bagged 59 in RL
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Chris



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XyZspineZyX
07-08-2003, 09:44 AM
On that Palm Sunday Massacre in late afternoon of 17th April 43 the pilots of 64th,65th, 66th and 314th FS were credited with a total of 74 LW a/c in coordination with RAF 244.Wing with 48 P-40 and 92.Sqn with Spitfire IX.

Also a couple of days earlier, P-38F of the 12th AF destroyed 50 Ju-52/3m off Cape Bon on 10/11 April 43.

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