605 Sqn 15.11.40
A fine day, practically cloudless. The Squadron were on patrol at 07.51hrs., and it was not until 09.30hrs. that they were vectored on to about 50 Me.109’s flying North over N. Foreland. We were at 28,000ft. and the enemy aircraft at 32,000ft. Seven Me.109’s split and turned South, the Squadron chasing. Later 7 or 8 more Me.109s split and turned South, placing us between them and the first split, but 3-4,000ft. below the Me.109’s – an unhappy position. P/O. Gauze was killed and Sgt. Jones bailed out uninjured. At 12.50hrs. the Squadron again were on patrol and when over Gravesend at 25,000ft. saw 9 Me.109’s at 20,000ft. directly below them. We half-rolled and dived upon them, F/Lt. Currant, Sgt. Wright and Sgt. Howes each destroying one, Sgt. Pettit probably destroying another and P/O. Aldwinkle damaging another. A telegram of congratulations was received from the A.O.C.
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