S/L Leathart D.S.O. claims a probable He 113 over Kent

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
No. & 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 1 He 113
Damaged 1 Me 109
Our Casualties Aircraft(l)Nil
Personnel(m)Nil
Searchlights(n)N/a
A.A. Guns AssistanceNil
Fire for Fighters
(Measured or Estimated)
(p) Range opened )
Length of burst) see attached sheets.
Range closed )
No. of rounds fired 2272
S/L Leathart, D.S.O. Sighting some smoke trails I led the Squadron up to 28,000 feet in pursuit. I saw 3 He 113's painted a dark colour and with yellow wing tops. I fired at No.3 of the "V" who went into a vertical dive and was still in it at 4000 feet when I pulled out. Climbed up again and encountered a ME 109 and shot one of his slats off. On the way home at 300 feet I saw A.A. fire over Tilbury which turned out to be about a mile behind a long DO 17 (215?) at 1000 feet. I have him the remainder of my ammunition at 200 - 100 yards. Bullets entered the fuselage and wings without apparent effect.
J A Leathart.

(AIR/50/21/48)

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