Mission Date: 12th August 1940
Unit: 5./JG26 (Jabo)
Aircraft: bf-109 E3/B
Markings: Black -+4
Status: Pilot OK , Propelor blades sustained damage during landing
With the element of surprise gone - we have formed on the runway at Oye Plague .
Jabo staff consisted of 3 BF-109's E3/B Fighter Bombers , and 4 BF 110 , joining a low formation of BF 110's split into 2 waves .
Takeoff went without a problem and we circled Oya Plague keeping under 500 M.
As Krauss spotted the bombers , in two distinct waves , we turned to follow , So far everything seemed as expected .
Suddenly things turned south , right over the coast lines both waves boak formations , and started to act strange with individual aircrafts scattering to all directions .
I must admit , we were disoriented for a minute or so .
Since I had the courses ready from previous mission I came over the wireless and informed Flyby , who gave the order to disregard the , by now scattering formations and make our way twords Manson as low and fast as we can .
Krauss was leading the bf-110 force and Bubi was leading the 109's on a heading of 320 .
We were just before Manston bay as Bubi informed us of two contacts to our high 2 .
It seems as if we were spotted by red scouts .
We decided to put our paddle to the metal and continue with our original plan .
We entered Manston bay , just to the south of Manston airbase , performed a right hook and ended up on the North West side of Manston , The runway itself looked deserted and all red contacts were spread across the grassy field , As I have began my attack run they were already rolling fast for takeoff .
The bf110's started their attack run from south to north .
I dropped all bombs and turned to the runway just to find out it was already cleared .
By that time the sky was full of reddies , I stack with the plan limiting myself to a single attack run , I shot at 3 red contacts on the way out .
Missed 2 and got minor hits on the wing of a third one I pushed full throttle pointed nose down and headed home as planned barring 140 .
I have heard that Gray was hit , Dub lost an engine and that Zalsam was engaged and calling for help .
Flyby joined up and managed to free Zalzam from the attack , Unfortunately it was too late for him by then .
It was clear to me we were expected .
I asked Flyby if I should turn back , and was ordered to head straight home for Oye-Plague .
As I have made my final on the East heading runway , I have neglected to lift my nose , and damaged my propel or blades near the end of the runway .
Unable to clear the runway I have informed surviving Schwarm members to take the North South runway .
From my position I could see Krauss and Flyby landing , Out of 7 aircrafts in this mission we lost 4 .