||Summary of Events.
||N0 8 SQUADRON HISTORY
Officer Commanding, :-
Wing Commander, D.W. Reid, D.F.C. (32062)
Adjutant :- F/Lt.
S.J.Jordain, M.C. (79305)
Officer Commanding :-
:- S/Ldr. P. Dudeney (41991)
:- S/Ldr. G. Jones (78854)
Engineering Officer:- F/O. F.W. Carter (50412)
Intelligence Officer":-F/O. P.F.Cottis (146764)
Medical Officer :-F/Lt. T.L.Gordan(107136)
Other Ranks 293
Type of Aircraft held:- Wellington, Mk XIII 16
: Tiger Moth
The part played by No 8 Squadron in the action which
led to the partial destruction and the surrender of the crew of the German submarine U-852, on the
3rd May 1944, though not appearing very impressive as compared with the prowess of No 621
Squadron, was nevertheless an important part and certainly contributed to the final result.
The action was commenced at 0425z on the 2nd may
by a perfect depth charge attack carried out four minutes after sighting by Wellington"E"
of No 621 Squadron which was on anti submarine patrol in the Gulf of Aden, South area- usually
covered by that Squadron.
As the luck fell to No 621 Squadron to make first
contact with the enemy it is realised that the highest praise should go to F/O Mitchell(Captain
of "E") and Sgt Stevenson ( Front gunner, who first spotted the U-boat) and were
awarded the D.F.C and D.F.M. respectively.
initial attack considerably damaged the submarine and forced it to remain surfaced. Its position
when first attacked was 1034N 5200E and it