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Cain Brane
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posted 02-10-2000 12:52 AM     Profile for Cain Brane   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
11th Mission, 15 Sept. 1940

We are back up to full strength today, all four sections left to intercept bombers heading for Detling. I was looking forward to being able to avoid the escorts, as well as the Spitfires for once.

This formation was moving faster than the Ground Controller expected though, our vector brought us in on the formations 7 o'clock, between the bombers and fighters. Capt. Skalski ordered us in, but the Spitfires had not yet arrived and I knew the mass of 109's was just waiting jump our new 'Canes. I held my section back and flew parallel to the bombers, these were the new Ju-88's we had heard about. I watched the rest of 85 Squadron begin their approach. As the escorts began to break off I came around to meet them head on. I ordered my wingmen to spread out and target the fighters. I opened up as I approached a group of four, hitting the leader's long yellow nose and shattering the canopy as he dove away from our attack.

I ordered my wingmen into the fight as we passed the first group and approached a second, targeting a plane in the second pair for them to attack. To my amazement, they each broke away in a different direction and ran. I was suddenly the center of attention for a large group of Hun, the instant I shook off one, I was pounced on by two more. I screamed into the RT for help, and Capt. Skalski responded, exploding one of my attackers.

I rolled left and pulled back to avoid another pair lining me up. Tracers were flying all around me, and hitting my plane from all directions. I gave a yellow nosed Hun a squirt as he flashed in front of me, drawing grey smoke from the bottom of his craft. My right aileron was damaged, as well as the rudder. The engine was belching vast clouds of smoke and rapidly losing power. Suddenly, I could hear cannon rounds hitting kite, my attacker was climbing up from below me.

I dove away as my engine seized up, another 109 exploded behind me as a fellow cleared my tail. I searched for an open field, and tried to extend my flaps as I fought my plane for control. Flaps would not respond, nor would the landing gear as my hydraulics had been shot away.

I had no choice but to throw open the hood and hit the silk. Over all 85 Squadron was able to down 3 Ju-88s and several 109s. My Hurryback was lost, George greeted me with a grimace.


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