U-BOAT HUNTERS OF COASTAL COMMAND PHOTOGRAPHS
To compliment our ‘Kriegsmarine’ series of German U-boat commanders we have decided to do a short series of Coastal Command photographs incorporating a number of Royal Air Force 'U-boat Hunters'. So far we are working on producing 10 photographs in the set and it has been proving extremely interesting.
The photographs are from the 1939-1945 period and each is hand signed by the airman depicted. As before each photograph will be accompanied by a brief career history and are all Limited Editions certified and numbered out of 200.Here are those currently available:
Hilliard joined No 235 Squadron in October 1942 flying Beaufighters. In 1943 he converted to Mosquitoes and joined No 618 Squadron and began practising low-level flying and attacks in preparation for a secret attack on Tirpitz, however plans were changed and part of the squadron was attached to No 248 Squadron in the Mediterranean. Equipped with 57mm cannon-armed Mosquitoes and assigned to anti-U-boat and shipping patrols. Hilliard sank one U-boat and three days later attacked and damaged Gunther Heinrich's U-960 (see U-Boat photographs No 4). The squadron later joined the BANFF wing which patrolled Norwegian waters.
Bulloch was awarded a DFC and Mentioned in Despatches while flying with No 206 Squadron. In August 1941 he joined No 120 Squadron equipped with Liberators and made his first attack on a submarine in October 1941. He was awarded a bar to his DFC for sinking U-597 in on 12th October 1942. On the 5th November he and his crew sighted a U-boat which dived before they could attack, they then sank U-132 before attacking a third U-boat. On the 8th December 1942 in the space of 5 hours he made 8 sightings and 7 attacks. During his time with No 120 Squadron he had sighted 23 U-boats and attacked 16 of them, he had also received a DSO and Bar. He later joined No 244 Squadron and on 8th July 1943 he attacked and sunk U-514 off Cape Finisterre. His official U-boat 'tally' is 4 confirmed kills and 2 damaged.
Cundy joined the Territorial Army in 1936. In 1940 he transferred to the RAF for Army Co-operation duties and having completed his training he was posted to 53 (Army Co-operation) Squadron. In May 1940 he took part in bombing raids against the Biscay ports, including the attacks on Brest where Scharnhorst, Gneisneau and Prince Eugen were in residence. Having completed his first tour he was posted to 120 Squadron providing air escort to the Atlantic Convoys. On 22 May 1941 he spotted and attacked U-373 along with her blockade runner and escorting Heinkel 115 aircraft. In October 1942 he joined No 224 Squadron, as 'A' Flight commander. On 26 February 1943 he attacked U-437 and later the same day attacked and seriously damaged U-508. On 3 July he attacked and sunk U-628, however he had to fly home on three engines.
Corbin joined the RAFVR in November 1940 and completed his pilot training in the USA. Back in the UK he converted to Beaufighters in May 1942. In May 1943 he was chased by Ju 88s in the Bay of Biscay area, resulting in a crash landing and was injured. He was posted to 235 Squadron in February 1944. In April 1944 he was posted to 248 Squadron and converted to Mosquito aircraft and attacked enemy shipping and twice returned to base on one engine due to flak damage during these attacks. In August 1944 while attacking enemy ships at Bordeaux his Mosquito was severely damaged forcing him to bale out over Brittany and evaded capture, and was awarded the CGM for this action. In September 1944 the squadron joined the BANFF Wing which patrolled Norwegian waters and on 18 September he attacked and badly damaged U-867, which was sunk the next day by 224 Squadron. On 26 December he crash landed on the airfield boundary while attempting to land his badly flak damaged aircraft on one engine.
At the outbreak of war Walton was a member of the Territorial Army and in April 1940 he was seconded to the RAF and completed his flying training as a pilot. His first posting was to No 53 Squadron equipped with Hudsons carrying out anti-submarine and anti-shipping patrols off the coast of France. His second tour of operations was with No 120 Squadron equipped with Liberators and during this time attacked one U-boat. In May 1942 he was shot down by Bf 109s and ditched in the sea, eventually landing in Norway and evading via Sweden. During 1944 he flew Liberators and Yorks with No 511 Squadron, based at RAF Lyneham. In 1945 he served with No 232 Squadron based in Delhi, India supporting the army in Burma. He flew many politicians and senior service personnel to international conferences and for several months he was Lord Louis Mountbatten's personal pilot while he was Supreme Commander of South East Asia.
Wheeler was with No 207 Squadron at the outbreak of war flying Fairey Battles, later joining 12 OUT as a flying instructor. During the Battle of Britain he flew with the Photographic Reconnaissance Unit in unarmed Spitfires, later awarded the DFC and becoming the Flight Commander and then CO. Unfortunately in March 1942 he was involved in a car accident and taken off flying for six months, during which time he served with Air Ministry Directorate of Naval Co-operation. In November 1942 after training on Beaufighters he took command of No 236 Squadon and led anti-shipping operations, which were very hazardous and earnt him a bar to his DFC. Having completed nine months on operations he was awarded the DSO and went to the RAF Staff College. He then went to America to attend the USA Army Command and General Staff School, returning in April 1944 where he joined the Joint Planning Staff in the Cabinet Offices. He went on to have a very successful post war career.
This series is still in production and will comprise of 10 photographs. If you would to subscribe to the series then please free to contact us at the email address given at the bottom of this page.