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XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 06:33 AM
At the age of 23 in 1943, he was flying the Beaufighter Mk 1 carrying out night patrol convoy escorts in North Africa. The main duty of this night-fighter unit was to repel German aircraft from attacking convoys in the Mediterranean.

In August of '43 they moved to western Sicily. Sorties were flown over the Salerno invasion fleet and beachhead in September. He shot down 2 ME 210s and a JU 88.

In June of '44 he was posted to the FIU and flying Mosquito's. They formed a special flight of Tempests to intercept the V1's which began falling on south-east England, they operated mainly by night. Over the next 2 months Joseph, with his Tempest, shot down 52 V-1s. On July 23 he set a record downing seven in one night. His total kills amounted to 60.

In October he was flying a ranger sortie in Northern Germany towards a He111 airfield and nearby rail yard where trains were transporting V1's to the airfields and launch sites. A German soldier's small arms fire unluckily struck his Tempest, rupturing its glycol tank. Joseph Berry's plane burst into flames crashing into the ground.

XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 06:33 AM
At the age of 23 in 1943, he was flying the Beaufighter Mk 1 carrying out night patrol convoy escorts in North Africa. The main duty of this night-fighter unit was to repel German aircraft from attacking convoys in the Mediterranean.

In August of '43 they moved to western Sicily. Sorties were flown over the Salerno invasion fleet and beachhead in September. He shot down 2 ME 210s and a JU 88.

In June of '44 he was posted to the FIU and flying Mosquito's. They formed a special flight of Tempests to intercept the V1's which began falling on south-east England, they operated mainly by night. Over the next 2 months Joseph, with his Tempest, shot down 52 V-1s. On July 23 he set a record downing seven in one night. His total kills amounted to 60.

In October he was flying a ranger sortie in Northern Germany towards a He111 airfield and nearby rail yard where trains were transporting V1's to the airfields and launch sites. A German soldier's small arms fire unluckily struck his Tempest, rupturing its glycol tank. Joseph Berry's plane burst into flames crashing into the ground.

XyZspineZyX
10-28-2003, 07:15 PM
think of how many lives he saved.



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