0645hrs: 74 Squadron Hornchurch (Spitfires), under the command of "Sailor" Malan, were ordered to patrol the Thames Estuary as a precautionary measure.... At 0655hrs, enough enemy aircraft could be seen coming out of the cloud to confirm that an enemy formation was coming in from the Thames Estuary and flying in a westerly direction.
1140hrs: A build up of a small formation was picked up by radar off the French coast off Cherbourg. It turns out to be 20+ Bf110s who were to escort Ju88s of KG54 on a raid on Portland Harbour. KG54 had received the message that the raid had been cancelled and they returned to their base, but the message was not conveyed to 1/ZG2 and the Bf110s continued their path across the Channel.Due to Swoop growing up next opposite the old Croydon aerodrome, five of us took to the skies flying as 111 Squadron. Spotting local landmarks we headed east over the outskirt of London thing.
|Over the Isle of Sheppey|
|Join the dots|
After previous weeks of barelling in through the middle of the formation and stopping quite a few rounds, we took the safer option of picking on one side of the formation on the first pass. Very quickly we were through the mass of bombers and climbing hard to come back in on the starboard quarter.
A flight of bombers that had started to struggle to keep with the main stream became our main focus.
|Picking up the back markers|
Quite quickly I had no ammo left and landed at Maidstone airfield.
A quick change of venue and I was at Lympne airfield to try and intercept the stream which was heading towards Folkestone.
Another change of venue and we took off at Tangmere with 601 squadron to intercept incoming raiders heading for Poole harbour. A loose form up and we were out over the Isle of Wight climbing hard.
When we spotted the raiders, 238 Squadron were well engaged and a large furball of Me-110's and Hurricanes wheeled about the sky. I lost everyone quite quickly dogfighting with a 110 who I proceeded to loose and didn't re-acquire.
As we started to form up again, Brigstock noticed we had been invaded by some uninvited guests (2 of the 1.Java boys and a random) who had guessed the server password.
|Who are the #@$%! hell are you?? :)|
We all (ahem) landed at Tangmere again for tea and medals.
|Splash's love affair with the Hurricane, continues....|
and we didn't need this guy, even though I put him in the mission.
|I am the walrus|