sidering the circumstances is
plausible. Later, while returning he resumed the communication with the Flight Control and has never commented
on anything out of ordinary in
terms of the communication.
Morlaix disaster cost S/L Tony
Gaze the position and rank.
Until the end war he served
with various squadrons usually as a flight leader with
the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Tony Gaze blamed 11th
Group, Flight Control and the
meteorological service for
the poor mission preparation
and considered himself a scapegoat of the botched operation. His opinion is usually
accepted by the authors of
the articles dealing with this
event. Question is if this is
justified. The series of events
really points to not fully competent handling of the whole
mission and certain cover up
on both Tony Gaze‘s and American side as well.
B-17E, 41-9023, of the 97th Bomb Group being serviced by ground crew. This unit´s mission for September 26th, 1942 was to
attack the main target of the mission – the airport at Ploujean-Morlaix. Due to overcast above the target area and miscalculated tail wind, the group turned back over Biscay (Photo: IWM).
The 92nd Bomb Group was the only one of three bombardment groups involved in Mission No. 12 that successfully located
and attacked its target on September 26th, 1942. The Cherbourg Air Base was bombed by 16 of their 30 B-17Es (Photo: IWM).
INFO Eduard - August 2021