Operation "JUBILEE" took place. The Squadron made four sorties
In the first sortie 12 Spitfires VB led by the C.O. took off at
07.20 hours as top squadron in a fighter patrol over Dieppe. The patrol
area was reached at 08.00 hours at 5000 feet with no Squadron above. Flak
from naval vessels attracted attention to fighter bombers below and a
general melee ensued. Blue 1 (F/L I. G. du MONCEAU) fired at an F.W. 190
The second sortie was a similar patrol and 12 aircraft took off at 10.00 hours. The Squadron, led by the C.O. was over the target from 10.35 to 10.50 hours, encountering more fighter opposition than before. Many German fighters were seen in groups of 4 or more and 5 Ju 88ís were seen with 12 F.W.ís 190 above. In general dogfights which took place Yellow 2 (P/O VENESOEN) saw 8 F.W. 190ís and attacked one seeing an immense red flash and the plane break up in the air. Yellow 1 (F/L BOUSSA) attacked 2 F.W. 190ís, the pilot of the first jumped by parachute over the Foret DíArgue and hits were seen on the port wing of the second.
Yellow 3 and 4 (P/O SEYDEL and SGT BOUTE) attacked a F.W. 190 from
which thick brown smoke was seen to come and Yellow 4 saw strikes on
another F.W. which he likewise claims to have damaged. Blue 1 (F/L du
MONCEAU) damaged a F.W. 190 and Blue 2 (SGT ALEXANDRE) claims one F.W.
probable and one damaged. The first E/A was hit in the cockpit, climbed
and fell 3000 to the clouds below in a spin. Blue 2 could not see it as he
passed through clouds and is sure it must have gone in the sea. All our
aircraft landed at base at 11.25 hours. Our casualties were one 1 Spitfire
VB Cat B : the pilot F/L Boussa was slightly wounded in the leg. Our score
for this sortie was 2 F.W. 190ís destroyed,
The third sortie took place at 12.20 hours when 11 aircraft took off led by F/L BOUSSA to patrol at 6000 feet to cover the withdrawal of ground forces. The last boats were 10 miles off the French coast and was being attacked by Ju 88ís. Yellow section attacked one of these, part of its tail unit was seen to fall off and the aircraft was seen to fall in the sea.
Blue 1 (F/L du MONCEAU) fired at 4 E/A without observing results.
We suffered no casualties and claimed one Ju 88. shared by 4 pilots. All
aircraft were down by 13.15 hours.
The fourth and last sortie took place at 15.15 hours
12 aircraft led by the C.O. patrol at 3/4000 feet to protect returning vessels. Fighter opposition was still strong. Out of a group of 4 F.W. 190ís, Yellow 3 (P/O VENESOEN) destroyed one , Yellow 4 (SGT VANLERBERGHE) saw this break up in the air. Yellow 1 (P/O PLISNIER) saw strikes all along the fuselage of another which Sgt Vanlerberghe likewise saw fall in the sea.
Blue 3 (P/O PLAS) saw hits on a F.W. 190. Blue 2 (SGT FLOHIMONT) with hits on another F.W. 190 and damaged 2 F.W. 190ís seeing part of the tail unit of one fall away. The Squadron was on patrol from 15.40 to 16.26 hours and 11 aircraft landed at base at 16.46 hours, that of P/O Venesoen had its wingtip shot away. Sgt Alexandre landed at Friston because one of his cannons had exploded and his engine was damaged by pieces of his own shells. Our casualties for the flight were 2 Spitfires VB Cat B both pilots landing safely. Successes for this sortie were 2 F.W. 190ís destroyed, 5 F.W. 190ís damaged and 1 Do 217 damaged.
6 F.W. 190ís destroyed by P/O VENESOEN (2), F/L du MONCEAU, F/L BOUSSA, P/O PLISNIER, P/O PICARD and P/O PLAS (shared). 1 Ju 88 shared by P/O SMETS, SGT BOUTE, P/O PLISNIER, SGT VANLERBERGHE. 1 F.W. 190 probably destroyed by SGT ALEXANDRE. 11 F.W. 190ís damaged by SGT ALEXANDRE (3), SGT FLOHIMONT (2), F/L BOUSSA, F/L du MONCEAU, P/O PLAS, P/O SEYDEL, SGT BOUTE, P/O SEYDEL and SGT BOUTE (shared).
1 Do 217 damaged by SGT VANLERBERGHE.
The Squadron is very pleased with this result.
47 separate sorties were made in the 4 sweeps and no plane had to return owing to mechanical troubles.
RAF Form 541
First Sortie: On fighter patrol over Jubilee from 08.00 hours to 08.25 hours at 5000 feet as top Squadron. In general melee F/L du MONCEAU destroyed 1 F.W. 190, P/O PICARD and P/O PLAS another while Sgt FLOHIMONT damaged another. We lost one pilot, P/O MARCHAL, who is missing.
Second Sortie: On fighter patrol at same height as in first sortie. Fighter opposition was livelier, F.W. 190ís were acting as protection to Ju 88ís Yellow 2 P/O VENESOEN) destroyed 1 F.W. 190 seeing it disintegrate in the air. Yellow 1 (F/L BOUSSA) was attacked 2 F.W.ís destroying one, as the pilot jumped out by parachute, and damaged the other. Yellow 3 (P/O SEYDEL) and yellow 4 (SGT BOUTE) accounted for 2 more damaged. Blue 1 (F/L du MONCEAU) damaged a F.W. 190 and Sgt Alexandre (Blue 2) claims one F.W. 190 damaged one probably destroyed. Our casualties: 1 a/c cat B (Pilot: F/L BOUSSA slightly wounded in leg). On patrol from 10.35 to 10.50 hours.
Third Sortie: Cover for the withdrawal of our ground forces. The last boats were already 10 miles off the French coast. Yellow Section (P/O SMETS, SGT BOUTE, P/O PLISNIER and SGT VANLERBERGHE) attached a Ju 88 which was seen to lose part of its tail unit and crash in the sea. The patrol lasted from 12.45 to 13.15.
Fourth and Final Sortie: Many dogfights. Our pilots claim 2 F.W. 190ís destroyed (P/O VENESOEN, P/O PLISNIER) 5 F.W. 190ís damaged (P/O SEYDEL, P/O PLAS, SGT FLOHIMONT and SGT ALEXANDRE (2)) and 1 Do 217 damaged (Sgt VANLERBERGHE. P/O VENESOENís wing tip was shot away (a/c Cat B) and Sgt ALEXANDREís cannon exploded (a/c Cat B) pieces of his own shells entering engine. Both pilots unhurt. On patrol 15.40-16.25 hours. For the day our squadron claims are: 6 F.W. 190ís and 1 Ju 88 destroyed, 1 F.W. 190 probably destroyed, 11 F.W. 190ís damaged and 1 Do 217 damaged for the loss of one pilot.
P/O H E Marchal, who was shot down by an FW 190 in the first sortie, was rescued from the sea.