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19 lipca 1940 r. - por. Antoni Ostowicz (145 Dywizjon RAF)

Poniższy tekst to meldunek por. Antoniego Ostowicza (wówczas pilota 145 Dywizjonu Myśliwskiego RAF; 145 Squadron) z walki w dniu 19 lipca 1940 r.:

COMBAT REPORT

Sector Serial No. (A)

Serial No. of Order detailing Flight or Squadron to patrol (B)

Date (C) 19 July 1940

Flight, Squadron (D) Flight: A Squadron: 145

Number of Enemy Aircraft (E) 1

Type of Enemy Aircraft (F) HE 111

Time Attack was delivered (G) 1810

Place Attack was delivered (H) 10 M South of Brighton

Height of Enemy (J) 3000 ft

Enemy Casualties (K) 1 HE 111 destroyed confirmed

Our Casualties (Aircraft) (L) 1 Hurricane

Ditto (Personnel) (M) P/O Newling in hospital with cut face and shock

Searchlights. (Did they illuminate enemy, if not, were they in front or behind target. (N) (i) N/A

Anti-Aircraft Guns. (Did shell bursts assist pilot in intercepting the enemy) (N) (ii) None

Range at which fire was opened in each attack delivered on enemy and estimated length of burst (P) 300-100 yds 2 bursts of 2 to 4 seconds

General report

I was No. 3 of Red section 145 Sqn. We took off Tangmere at 1750 with orders to patrol Brighton at 10000. After one circuit over Brighton above cloud we were ordered to go down to 2000 ft on a Western course along coast. Shortly afterward we turned slightly south to sea, and in a few minutes sighted an aircraft flying SSE at approx. 3000 ft. I followed Red I, and Red II apparently was unable to keep up with us so I took his place as he fell back behind me. The A/c was identified as an HE 111. We closed to within 300 yds of E/A and after Red I had fired at him the E/A turned slightly right and I was able to fire a burst at him. Smoke then issued from his starboard engine. I noticed flames from each side of both engine nacelles below wings which I took to be two pairs of fixed M/g's firing backward. A few moments later I fired another burst and broke away downward to the right. At the same time I looked to see what Red II was doing, and I saw him turning to the N with black smoke coming from his plane. I then saw the E/A turning further to the right and it went into a glide, and subsequently landed on the sea. It san in about 3 minutes and I saw four of the crew in the water. I circled for five to ten minutes and was then ordered to pancake. I landed Tangmere 1840.

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F/O A. Ostowicz


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