4th August 1943
I left Gibraltar 23rd July on aboard CAM
SHIP “EMPIRE DARWIN” in convoy bound for U.K. at 19.30hrs on 28th
July 1943 enemy activity was reported and I was ordered to readiness.At 19.38hrs
I was signalled to launch,and did so successfully.I then received from the
F.D.O.the instruction “Bandit at 9 o’clock.”and immediately made visual
I recognised it as a F.W.200 flying at 1,000ft and
gave chase, he was flyingN.but turned and flew south for a minute the proceeded
eastward and reducing height to about 200ft.I had no difficulty overtaking at 6¼
boost,2600revs and approximately 250m.p.h.and made my attack on the potr quarter
out of sun.My attack was delivered from 40º to 15º,opening fire at 300yrds and
closing to almost point blank. I aimed at the cockpit giving 1½ to 1 ring
deflection and gave a five second burst.I could see strikes in the sea round the
nose, then a vivid white flash from near the turret, return fire was very heavy
and uncomfortably close, but I could not see any strikes on my aircraft. Having
broken away to port I repeated the attack but my guns ceased firing after about
½ second.However I kept making dummy attacks but gave up when I saw I was
drawing well away from the convoy,and returned.
I last saw him flying eastward towards a bunk of cloud about 10miles
away.On my return to the convoy I started circling at 1000ft. but reception on
the R.T. had broken down.As I reached the port side of the convoy I observed the
escorts opening fire at another F.W.200 which was making a bombing run from W.
to E. at height of about 8000ft. I saw two near misses on H.M.S. SCYLLA and
started climbing,I caught up with at 7000ft.and made a few dummy attacks,then
followed him until he disappeared into cloud about twenty miles from the
convoy.Having once more returned to the convoy I gave the appropriate signal to
indicate that I was bailing out,about climbing to 4,500ft about three miles
ahead I cleared the aircraft successfully and everything functioned perfectly. I
was in the water for about 15mins.before being picked up by H.M.S.LEITH were I
received every consideration including a hot bath and a glass of whisky.
The ships officer’s also referred to the fact that
they had seen the flash from the enemy aircraft.
Claims:- One F.W.200 probably destroyed.
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