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Victory Claim Statement Ju 88.
Victory Claim by FG OFF M.J. CLOW (J42132) RCAF – (Confirmed by 2nd Tactical Air force Intelligence).
Date 2nd May 1945/ Squadron 443 /Type of Aircraft Spit IX / Time Up/Down 1519-1635 / Time of Attack 1610 / Place of Attack Bad Segebarg / Height of Enemy 2,500 feet / own height 3,000 feet.
Other casualties Nil/
Enemy casualties: one Ju .88 destroyed, shared with F/L Finley.
I was flying Red 4 on a sweep to Neumunster area. We were flying south-west on our way home when my no.1 (Red 3), F/L Finley spotted a Ju.88 approaching from one o’clock at about 2,500 feet, near the Town of Bad Segeberg. The JU.88 started turning to port and we gave chase; it then did a diving turn to starboard. F/L Finley closed to about 400 years, 20 degrees astern and gave it a burst. I observed several strikes as he broke off, I dived onto its tail. I closed from 400 yards to 200 yards, firing a steady burst. I observed strikes and a flash on the fuselage aft of the cockpit. The enemy aircraft continued its dive and crashed in a field. Gyro sight and cine gun used. I claim one Ju. 88 destroyed, shared with F/L Finley.
443 Squadron RCAF.
Motto: OUR STING IS DEATH
On arrival at Digby in February 1944 for service in Europe, No. 127 Squadron, RCAF was renumbered as No. 443. Initially equipped with the Spitfire Mk VB for familiarization, these were exchanged for Spitfire Mk IXB’s in March when a move was made to Holmesley South to form No. 144 Wing, 2nd TAF (Tactical Air Force). Pre-invasion operations were flown from a number of south coast airfields, culminating at Ford in mid May. Cover to the Normandy invasion was given during June and a move to airfield B-3 at St. Croix-sur-Mer was made on the 15th of June. Air superiority patrols were flown from here over the beachhead for a month, at which time the wing was disbanded and the Squadron was sent instead to No. 127 Wing, which was also in France with No. 83 Group. Activities continued until the breakout, following which a move was made to Belgium. In January 1945 the Squadron re-equipped with the Spitfire Mk XIV’s. At the end of March the squadron moved to Holland and then into Germany in April 36 aerial victories were claimed when the war ended. The Squadrons’ aircraft carried the unit code 2I