AMAZING GUN CAMERA STRIKE PHOTOGRAPHS
16 and 19 Squadron's Beaufighters were fitted with high resolution nose cameras.
These cameras took intermittent photographs when enabled by switch. Usually the camera was set in motion while on the approach to the target and kept running until after the attack.
This enabled intelligence officers to determine target damage by analyzing the photographs.
The usual modus operandi is to spray the target with the four 20mm cannon while refining the aim to fire the rockets. The rockets were then fired resulting in spectacular images.
I was fortunate to have obtained high resolution scans of these strike photographs from the collections of:
SANDF archive in Pretoria
Capt Ernest Weddell, 16 sqdn
Lt Steve Stevens, DFC, 19 sqdn
Lt Col Don Tilley, DSO DFC, 19 sqdn
Maj Geater, DFC, 19 sqdn
Capt DRH Hubbart, DFC, 16 sqdn
Capt Louw, 16 sqn
Lt Snyman, 16 sqdn
F/O Gibbs (RAF), 19 sqdn
F/O Simon Younger (RAF), 19 sqdn