Thursday the 15th of September 1940

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Thursday the 15th of September 1940

Post  speedy77 on Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:11 pm

Our flight had been vectored to intercept a possible lone recon flight heading south to the west of the Isle of Wight at 12K. We spread out and proceeded to search for the contact. I dropped below a cloud bank to check lower altitudes incase the contact had descended over the coast with the remainder of the flight staying around 12K. No contact was spotted. At this point TopHat requested our flight head to the Brighton area to intercept an incoming raid. Our flight was still spread out, with Red 3 and Red 4 nearer to the Isle of Wight, with myself and Red 1 further southwest. Red 1 called a regroup over the Isle of Wight, so I began to climb back to altitude. As I approached the southwest corner of the Isle of Wight at 12K, I noticed a contact heading south at co-alt. I initially thought it was a member our flight holding over the area to regroup, but it maintained it's heading south, so I decided to intercept. At this point TopHat informed us there was a lone contact right under us, and as I got closer I confirmed is was an He111.

I closed to 200 yards under his low six, pulled up, and fired a 2 second burst into his starboard engine and wing, and continued my climb to the right. I turned back toward him now at his high 4 o'clock. I could see he was trailing white smoke and starting to dive for a cloud bank. I dove in again, this time his rear gunner opened up and he started turning.  Firing another burst at his starboard engine, the smoke changed to black and he disappeared into the cloud bank. I circled above the cloud for a minute,  spotting him again as he emerged still heading south now at 5-6K. I dove again on his high 5-6 o'clock scoring more hits on his starboard side. Climbing back up I could see he was trailing thick black smoke and was in a steep turning dive. Running low on fuel, I decided not to follow. At this altitude it looked like he would not pull out of the dive, and if he did, I doubted he would make it across the channel.

Red 3 and 4 were by now engaging the new raid and Red 1 was attempting to join them. Therefore I decided to land at at friendly base to refuel. I took off again and proceeded home.  

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Re: Thursday the 15th of September 1940

Post  MJDixon on Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:58 pm

Good show, Speedy - first blood of the campaign, and a real life person too! Razz

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Re: Thursday the 15th of September 1940

Post  MJDixon on Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:07 am

















Good show, chaps! (With the exception of the landing and take-off issues at the end.)

I didn't get a good crack at any of them other than the wounded stragglers unfortunately, did get a mention in despatches though, so that'll do. Razz

The London Gazette, Friday September the 16th 1940 wrote:Sq Ldr Dixon 19 Sqn
19 Sqn were vectored by Tophat to engage a large formation of enemy fighters covering the raid on Southampton. Heavily outnumbered, Sqn Ldr Dixon successfully led his squadron North away from the other friendly units grouping to attack the raid. His squadron then accounted for another lone raider in a long search out of radar coverage. Dispersed and low on fuel, he again led his squadron into action against an incoming raid, aiding the survival of a critical target.

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Re: Thursday the 15th of September 1940

Post  hinkel1 on Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:31 pm

what is that 2nd ju88 loosing after I shot it?
did it drop its bomb?
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Re: Thursday the 15th of September 1940

Post  MJDixon on Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:34 pm

Pretty sure it was the canopy/hatch for the crew to bail out, which also happened on your first one - though as you only got one full kill I guess one of them was already heavily damaged by someone beforehand.

Could have been the bombs as well, as they probably dump them when they bail out.

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