Thursday the 30th of July 1940

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Thursday the 30th of July 1940

Post  MJDixon on Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:25 pm

Event Date: Thursday the 30th of July 1940
Sqn Name / Home-base: No. 19 Squadron / Duxford
Sqn Strength /Aircraft type: 2 Spitfire Mk.Ia
Area of Patrol: Dungeness Area / Beachy Head
Enemy Contacts Location / Altitude: Channel south of Beachy Head / Angels 2
Enemy Type / Count: Ju88 / Loose formation of 5+

Friendly Damage / Losses: Nil
Enemy Damage / Losses: 2 x Ju88 destroyed
Sqn Sortie Report:

Took off from Duxford together with Flt Lt. Conflict at approximately 8:30 hours and headed towards Dungeness, climbing up to angels 16 in an effort to intercept three groups of 5+ reported on RDF over the Channel south of Hastings.

Approaching the Dungeness area we patrolled along the coast between Hastings and Folkestone, but did not spot any contacts (visibility was poor due to medium clouds at around angels 10 - 12), and RDF reported that the contacts were now heading back towards France at low altitude, as such we continued our patrol, heading westwards towards Eastbourne in order to intercept an outbound raid of 10+ which was tracked heading in that direction from north of Littlehampton at angels 13.

Approaching Eastbourne we spotted a flight of aircraft descending south towards the Channel near Beachy Head, investigating - these turned out to be a flight of Ju88s which were flying quite erratically (performing loops and such), but levelled off at low altitude and proceeded to head south as we arrived - Conflict put in a burst to the nearest Ju88 which resulted in an oil leak from the port engine, before then proceeding to the next Ju88, I came in second and put a long burst into the first Ju88, which was set alight and dropped down into the sea, after which Conflict forced the crew of the second Ju88 to bail out.

Being low on ammunition and altitude we then disengaged and returned to base without further incident.

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Re: Thursday the 30th of July 1940

Post  hinkel1 on Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:08 am

good job
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