Post by elephantshampoo on Sept 26, 2014 14:18:25 GMT 12
1938 - 1940 training instructor, Central Flying School (AFC)
02.1941 - 08.1941 Commanding Officer, 263 Squadron RAF (DFC)
on June 30, S/Ldr Donaldson wrote...
Eventually, flying home from this, Basil's Squadron was jumped by Messerschmitts low over the sea and a terrific battle started. It was then that a particularly threatening Messerschmitt arrived and went straight for me. We fought for fifteen minutes ending up with head-on attacks on each other. Usually, Messerschmitts did not like this, for a Hurricane could turn more sharply, so it usually made off, which it could do so at 60 mph faster than the Hurricane.
In this case, On about the fourth head-on attack, shells and bullets started to strike my poor aircraft. The first shell knocked my poor oil tank clean out of the leading edge of the wing, so I knew the engine could not run much longer.
Then the petrol tank blew up and my clothes caught fire and I became hot but still the b-----d continued to shoot. My gloves were burning and my goggles frizzled up but I took neither off - luckily!.
I undid my straps and climbed on the wing, for the Hurricane was flying very slowly and I could actually see the burning wing bending upwards. Then I realised with alarm that I was only 800 ft off the sea. I thought this too low for a safe bail out but at this time I fell off and it took me seconds to locate the pull ring, which I must have pulled, for, as I was about to hit the water, my parachute opened.
Later the Y Service which listened to all R/T prattle told me it was General Galland who had shot me down.
Mike Kelsey's 151 Sqdn site www.151squadron.org.uk/
I met him in London recently and I still don’t think much of his conduct that day, for he must have known that my Hurricane was dead as far as fighting again, but he never stopped shooting.
After this encounter neither did I.”
P.S. Officially Galland was back in Germany, but he was known to break rules, 1 P-38 appears on his record for example, but he flew after being grounded & claimed 8.