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 Assistance Nil
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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