Fairey Battle

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The “Diver” was flying at 1000 ft on a course of 330 degrees at a speed estimated at 390 mph. Flg Off Dean came in to attack from line astern at 400 mph and opened fire with all four cannon at 700 yards. The pilot continued firing in short bursts, closing in to 500 yards. Strikes were seen and pieces fell off the “Diver’s” starboard wing. Finally Dean broke away, having expended his ammunition, and saw the “Diver” go down in a shallow dive. It was not possible to see the “Diver” crash owing to prevailing ground mist.

I attacked and fired four two-second bursts from 500 yards astern. ’ Miller’s CO, Joe Berry, continued to harvest his regular crop of flying bombs too when, on the 12th, he shot down a V1, despatching two more in daylight the next day. Another one fell to his guns on the night of 14 August, and two more on the night of the 16th. Berry’s marksmanship had by now become nothing less than remarkable. Indeed, he had become so accurate that on one occasion he destroyed a missile following the expenditure of just 60 rounds.

No 129 Sqn’s Mustang III pilots shot down seven and shared in the destruction of an eighth, with Flt Lt ‘Dutch’ Kleimeyer of the RAAF achieving ace status. That night Flt Lt Peter Leggat of No 418 Sqn, flying a Mosquito VI with navigator Flt Lt Frank Cochrane, described the tactics used when shooting down his fourth V1 that they had spotted heading northwest at 2000 ft over the Channel north of Le Touquet; ‘Our aircraft was then flying across the sea from Dieppe to Le Touquet at 9000 ft, and we turned to port on the track of the “Diver”, diving down in an attempt to overshoot but pulling up astern when reaching the same altitude.

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