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Four submarines were attacked. On 3 August seven aircraft departed on anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. The crew of PIO Edward Zarudzki in Wellington "0" (DV807) attacked a partly submerged submarine with a series of depth charges. An oil patch and air bubbles were seen on the surface. HQ Coastal Command credited the attack as successful and the V-Boat as damaged. 17 On 9 August the crew of FlO Ryszard Figura encountered a submarine on the surface and attacked it. The attack failed, though, due to a malfunction of the bomb release mechanism.
23 Two days later the first air combat between a 304 Sqn Wellington and German fighters took place. While returning from a patrol over the Biscay, the crew of S/Ldr Boleslaw Nowicki in ''1'' (RI413) was attacked by two Ju 88 fighters. Thanks to the determination of the crew and the skill of the pilot, the damaged aeroplane returned to base, and the Germans were forced to withdraw from the engagement with smoking engines. The most famous combat, between a Wellington and six Ju88s, was fought on 16 September.
The crew of F/Lt Waclaw Chornka drowned. 34 Weather improvements in late January increased the activity of the squadron. The night of 28th was particularly eventful. During a patrol "2P" (HF18l) with the crew of Sgt Leopold Matjaszek was attacked by a Bf1lO. The crew returned fire, hitting the enemy who then aborted the engagement. Two and half hours later the crew of FlO Leopold Antoniewicz in "20" (HF202) established a radar contact, and when the Leigh Light was switched on, a surfaced V-Boat was seen.