609 Sqn(Biggin Hill – Spitfire IIA) 27.3.41
A bad day for the squadron. “B” Flight took off at 16.30 hours and patrolled Dungeness at 25,000 feet. P/O. Curchin’s oxygen tube had broken and he handed lead to P/O. Baraldi his first experience of this. After a vector of 120 degrees 5-Me.109’s were sighted to port and 2000-5000 feet above. These turned behind our aircraft and dived from up-sun. Warned by Sgt. Mercer, our aircraft were ordered to break-up, and gave individual chase, P/O. MacKenzie climbed as high as 36,000 ft. Enemy aircraft which in this case were reported as having square wing-tips, remained out of reach. When the flight landed Sgt. Macsherry was found to be missing, and presently a Spitfire was reported as having crashed near Hawkinge. This proved to be ours, and Sgt. Macsherry was killed. It is known his R/T was not functioned well, and although he was seen to breaking up with the others, he may not have been fully aware of what was afoot. Ground Observers and some of 91 Squadron report that an enemy aircraft dived on him, and that he descended apparently out of control until near to ground level, when he seemed to gain control temporarily and circled a field before finally crashing. A machine gun bullet was found to have penetrated the aluminum piston cover and a cannon shell is thought to have hit the fuselage. Sgt. Macsherry had been in the squadron a little over a month and this was his first combat. He was a promising pilot, and is missing for his pleasant and unassuming personality.
ADDENDUM – Sgt. P.M.A. Macsherry was shot down by Me 109 of I/LG2.
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