09 October, Caning the Hun

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09 October, Caning the Hun

Post  MJDixon on Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:00 am

Date: 9th of October 1941
Time: 20:00 - 22:00
Location: Waremme / Huy
Objective: Combat Air Patrol
Pilots: Dixon Comet - Speedy Dezey - Hinkel

After a successful intercept mission over France in which Speedy shot down a He111 recon flight, 'B' Flight was then assigned to fly Combat Air Patrols over the town of Waremme.

Taking off from Antwerp we entered the combat area at an altitude of some 17,000 feet, spotting a number of lower altitude contacts we dove down to engage the enemy, with myself destroying a Bf109 in flames with a bounce from above, and the rest of the flight getting dug in to a prolongued engagement between altitudes of 12,000 and 5,000 feet, with a number of enemy fighters incoming from the east, which were dealt with in good order, with high levels of communication and teamwork between the flight sections, resulting in a number of enemy aircraft destroyed as a result of being dragged and bagged by pairs of Spitfires, with the loss of only one of our own Aircraft in an accident, crashing into the ground during low altitude maneuvers - we then headed to our secondary airfield at Brussels, being low on ammunition and at a low altitude after our engagement.

We then met up with a small flight from No. 187 Squadron RAF on the second sortie, moving in to support them as they engaged the enemy over Waremme, we again got into combats with a number of Hun 109s as well as a small number of ground attack aircraft, destroying the majority of them before running low on ammunition - I was forced to return to base after assisting a Hurricane from 187 which had taken damage over the town and which required escorting back to Brussels - however unfortunately his engine died on his final landing approach, resulting in his aircraft crashing through trees and exploding into a house on the edge of the aerodrome, during which time the rest of the flight also returned to base.

For the third patrol we were revectored to Huy, which was coming under increasing enemy air attack - we engaged a flight of two Bf109s just west of town at an altitude of 15,000 feet, with one of the aircraft being chased away by blue section and the other by my own section, before I was forced to disengage when he dove away - after which I found myself under attack from above and behind by a second pair of Bf109s, resulting in light damage to my starboard side - as such I signalled that I was breaking west and dragging, at which point Hinkel dove upon the enemy and forced them to disengage, after which I regained altitude in order to rejoin the fight, resulting in another prolongued engagement over the town between 10,000 and 5,000 feet, during which I destroyed a 109 on the tail of Dezey, and another which flew into my gunsights whilst I was attacking his section leader, I then dove down to assist a Hurricane which was under attack by a 109 over the town, telling him to head west towards our forward base so that our anti-aircraft artillery might assist him, which he did so as I dove down from the east, escorting the damaged hurricane back to Brussels together with the rest of my flight after the 109 had been destroyed, our side having come out on top during the engagement.

Returning to base we reported a final tally of some 20 enemy aircraft confirmed destroyed, with another 5 - 6 probables, for the loss of 4 of our own aircraft, two of which were lost in flying accidents.



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