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I have what I need now. A big "thank you" to everybody who offered to help. 👍Greatly appreciated.
Although this would fit better in a forum, here's the problem I have.
We are finishing one of the last chapters of our forthcoming "Sally - BR.20" Eagle Eye and we can find very little information from the Allied side about a particular incident.
The subject is "Operation Crimpson", the attack of the British Pacific Fleet against the Japanese installations on the small Sabang Island (Weh Island), on July 25, 1944.
A small detachment of three Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally" bombers from the 62 Sentai were stationed at the IJNAF airfield of the island. They were contacting anti-submarine patrols in the Indian Ocean and on July 25, when the British fleet showed up, one "Sally" flown by Capt Hiasa was out on patrol. Never returned to base.
I have found that four pilots (Lt. M.K. Munnock, Sub.Lts N. Brynildsen, F.C.Starkey and K. Seebeck) from the 1830 Squadron based on the HMS Illustrious claimed a "Sally" shot down at 09:30.
According to a message from a IJN watchtower, Hiasa was attacked and tried to crash his plane against an enemy submarine which he "sunk".
Question: Are there any records or reports or memoirs, perhaps from the British pilots, saying something about the shooting down of the "Sally"?
After the bombardment was over, another "Sally" flown by 1Lt Oono, took off, and very near the airstrip located an enemy submarine which he bombed and claimed to have sunk.
There were two submarines in the British fleet during Operation Crimpson: HMS Templar and HMS Tantalus. Both seem to have come out unscathed from the operation.
Question: Is there any information regarding these attacks against the British submarines?
Unfortunately, focusing exclusively on the Japanese side of events, has left me with very few sources from the Allied side. I hoped to find something in the Shores book, but unfortunately very little is mentioned.
If you have more information, please leave a comment or email me in the above addresses. Any help is really very appreciated.