PERSONAL COMBAT REPORT.
Night of 7/8 June 1944.
307 Polish Squadron.
Mosquito XII. A.I. Mk. VIII
10 miles South of LEUWARDEN A/D.
Nearly full moon, clear sky good visibility.
One JU 88 damaged.
I took off from Coltishall at 2245 hours on intruder to LEUWARDEN.
Landfall was made between AMELAND and SCHIERMONNIKOOG and I dived from
2000 ft. and crossed over mainland without encountering any flak.
I then patrolled the target area from 0045 hrs. without result until 0126
hrs when my N/?. W/O KARAIS, reported a contact at 8/9000 ft range height
1500 ft. on a course of 220° we were flying on a Westerly course South of
LEUWARDEN A/D at1000 ft and I turned and closed on the E/A which was
flying straight and level, A.S.I. 250.
I got a visual of a twin engined aircraft at 2000 ft range and on closing
to 1000 ft I definitely identified it as a Ju 88.
then opened fire with a short burst closing from 200 to 150 yds from
astern and slightly to port but no results were seen. I again fired a
short burst from 100 yds closing to 75 yds and immediately saw many
strikes on the fuselage and junction of port main plane. Before I cloud do
or see anything more I was completely dazzled by searchlights which held
my aircraft while I dived away to port and I was unable to shake off the
searchlights until I was at 0 ft when the searchlights which were fully
depressed were very helpful in illuminating the trees over which I flew.
At the same time as I was held by searchlights very heavy tracer was fired
at us and we noticed white orange red and green bursts coming past
Mosquito which however was not hit.
and Flak positions from which this tracer was fired were at HALSWADD and
to the S/L’s and accurate fire we were unable to look to see if the E/A
has crashed and was burning on the ground but owing to the very short
range of my last burst I feel sure that the E/A was destroyed and I would
like the Assessment Committee to consider whether the claim ought not to
be up graded to "probably destroyed" instead of merely
"damaged" (as allowed by the Sector Intelligence Officer).
turning north past LEUWARDEN I set course for home and landed safely at
Church Fenton at 0312.
HE/I & 8 SAP/I from each Cannon – total 64 rounds.
18 inches of
Camera film were exposed.
W/O K. OLESZCZUK.
- 1 copy – H.Q. A.B.G.B 1 copy – H.Q. 12 Group.
1 copy –
307 (P) Sqdn. 1 copy – Sector Intelligence Office.