|Sector Serial No||(a)||D.2|
|Serial No. of order detailing patrol||(b)||-|
|Flight, Squadron||(d)||12 aircraft 54 Squadron|
|No. & type of Enemy Aircraft||(f)||Me.109 )
He.113 ) very large formations
|Time Attack was delivered||(g)||1240 - 1342 hours|
|Place attack was delivered||(h)||KENT|
|Height of Enemy||(j)||15,000 to 25,000 feet|
Probable 1 He 113
Damaged 1 Me 109
|Our Casualties Aircraft||(l)||Nil|
|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.|