F/O McMullen claims an He 113 damaged over Dover

Sector Serial No (a) D.2
Serial No. of order detailing patrol (b) -
Date (c) 18/8/40
Flight, Squadron (d) 12 aircraft 54 Squadron.
Type of Enemy Aircraft (f) Me.109 )
He.113 ) very large formations
Do.17 )
Do.215 )
Time Attack was delivered (g) 1240 -1342 hours
Place attack was delivered (h) KENT
Height of Enemy (j) 15,000 to 25,000 feet
Enemy Casualties (k) Destroyed -
Probable -
Damaged 1 He 113
1 Do 17 (?215)
Our Casualties Aircraft (l) Nil
Personnel (n) Nil
Searchlights (n) N/a
A.A. Guns Assistance Nil
Fire for Fighters
(Measured or Estimated)
(p) Range opened )
Length of burst) see attached sheets.
Range closed )
No. of rounds fired ) 935

I was Yellow Leader. We were ordered off to patrol Dover at 25,000 feet. At that height Red and Green sections intercepted 5 or more HE113. A short dogfight appeared to go on.

I found I was by myself when I saw two large formations of bombers escorted by fighters. I attacked the rearmost escort fighters, about 12 HE 113's. I picked one in the middle of the formation and large bits fell off him. I am sure he was badly damaged. I opened fire at 250 yards, sprayed the remainder and broke them up. I continued my dive towards the sea. I saw what was probably a DO 17 and engaged him at close range, making one engine catch fire. I broke off the engagement because I was a long way out to sea. On my way home I sighted six enemy twins and could not catch them up.

DAP McMullen F/o


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