10th Mission 13 Sept. 1940
Todays mission was almost an exact duplicate of 11 Sept, only Jerry's target was North Weald. Capt. Skalski led Red Section against the bombers, I lead Yellow Section against the escorts. Spitfires also joined us shortly after we made contact.
The 109s were behind the bombers, flying 1000 ft higher. I could see the Spitfires approaching the escorts from the 8 o'clock position, I climbed up and attacked from the 109's 2 o'clock, hoping to scatter them so the Spitfires would be able to pick them off from behind after they separated. I again ordered my wingmen to target the fighters, but hold their fire. I waited until we were very close, two or three hundred ft. before opening fire. The fighters parted before us, breaking away to each side. I gave the last 109 a squirt as I passed from his 3 o'clock, popping up to avoid colliding with him. Just as he passed under, I began taking rounds from an aircraft directly in front of me, It was a Spitfire!! I broke right and dove to avoid his fire, black smoke pouring out from beneath my cowling.
I called to my wingmen, told them I was going home and ordered them to engage the nearest target, (thinking of that bloody Spit driver). I turned my smoking kite away and headed northeast. I was only able to get a few miles before my engine coughed to a stop and I was forced to put down.
George claims I made up the story to avoid the embarrassment of claiming another plane damaged by the Hun, but my wingmen Arthur Wright and Norman MacLeod saw the incident and backed me up. Arthur scored his fourth victory today, and Norman had 3, joining the group of aces. In all, 13 He-111s were claimed in today's fighting. 85 Squadron has developed into a first class group. We have suffered no losses, nine of 14 are aces, and should have a full squadron for tomorrow's dance.