F/Lt Tuck encounters a mixed formation of BF 109s and He 113s

OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK of (Unit or Formation) 257 (BURMA) SQUADRON

Place Date Time Summary of Events References to Appendices
23.9.40 Squadron arrived early at CASTLE CAMPS. At 0920 joined 73 & 17 Sqdns. over DEBDEN with order to patrol CHELMSFORD at Angles 20 73 Sqdn. leading when at CHELMSFORD squadrons were vectored over ROCHFORD & GRAVESEND & informed of bandits approaching at Anges 5 from east.The Squadron proceeded to lose height but when at 13,000ft were to to go up again to Angels 20. At this moment 15 ME 109's & 10 more HE 113's were sighted by F/LT TUCK above and behind them. One ME 109 & one HE 113 peeled off & diving past 257 Sqadn. delivered an astern attack from out of the sun on 73 Sqdn. F/LT TUCK ordered the Squadron to break up & himself went after the two enemy aircraft being unable to catch up the HE 113 concentrated on the ME 109 firing a 3 sec. burst from the quarter. The ME 109 made off towards the coast by gradually lost speed & height & F/LT TUCK was able to deliver 3 more astern attacks. The ME109 crashed into the sea 10 miles north of CAPE GRIS NEZ. SGT ASLIN baled out on the edge of DETLING aerodrome & was taken to MINISTER HOSPITAL suffering from burns & shock. All the other pilots returned safely to CASTLE CAMPS. At 17.32 Squadn. ordered to patrol HORNCHURCH at 20,000 ft with 17 & 73 Sqdns. No E/A seen & Squadron returned to MARTLESHAM at 18.45 hrs.

Posted: P/O CHELMECKI 17 Squadron

AIR 27/1526/5