S E C R E T                                                                                     FORM "F"

PERSONAL COMBAT REPORT

P/O Retinger. (Polish)

DATE ................................................................ (C) 17/7/41
SQUADRON .................................................... (D) 308 (Polish)
NO. OF E/A ...................................................... (E) about 50
TYPE OF E/A ................................................... (F) Me. 109's
TIME OF ATTACK .......................................... (G) about 20.55 hrs
PLACE OF ATTACK ....................................... (H) St. Omer to Garvelines
HEIGHT OF E/A ............................................... (J) 30,000 ft.
ENEMY CASUALTIES .................................... (K) 1 Me. 109 destroyed.
OUR CASUALTIES, a/c ................................... (L) NIL
    "               "             personnel ......................... (M) NIL

GENERAL REPORT:
Near St. Omer I attacked an Me. 109 at a range of 250 yds. giving one short burst with my cannon, but I did not observe the result because I heard S/L Pisarek ordering us to form a defensive circle. We were then attacked by ever-increasing numbers of E/A and all the time were circling and turning either to starboard or to port according to the direction from which attack was expected. The engagement lasted about 15 minutes, during which we gradually approached Garvelines. here we encountered a large single formation of E/A. numbering about 30: Our S/L gave the order to circle to starboard, and mey section was the last to complete the circle. I then saw a Me. 109 on my left about 150/200 yds. away. I gave him two short bursts with  my cannon. I had slowed down to deliver my attack, and lost height. As I regained the squadron I saw the German pilot bailing out. Another pilot confirms that this was Retinger's E/A.