F/O C. Porter -- 419 Squadron
At a position 49:00N-03:11W at 22:04 at a height of 15,000 feet, Sgt A. Taylor, the rear gunner, saw a single engined fighter, identified as an FW-190 dead astern, 600 yards away and approximately 1,000 feet below. The visibility at this height was good, although there was 10/10ths cloud below, slightly illuminated by the moon about 15 degrees above the horizon.
The enemy aircraft made an attack from this position and at 500 yards the rear gunner opened fire with a short burst. Fire was returned at 300 yards just before the fighter broke away to the starboard and below. The rear gunner got in another burst at this range but the fighter was lost from view because of evasive action, which the rear gunner gave to the pilot, a steep dive and turn to starboard.
Approximately 160 rounds were fired during the encounter by the rear gunner. No damage appeared to be sustained by the FW-190 and the burst that was fired at the Halifax went well above the aircraft.
There was no search light activity or lights on the ground that appeared
to be assisting the fighter, and no lights were seen on the fighter. The
mid upper gunner did not see the FW-190 during the encounter.
F/Lt L. Anderson -- 420 Squadron
This aircraft was first sighted by the bomb aimer while on the starboard bow, slightly below the Wellington. Tracer was observed coming from the aircraft and evasive action was taken by a diving turn, the tracer passing over the port wing of the Wellington.
As the attacking aircraft passed over and on the port beam of the Wellington, F/Sgt Froude, the rear gunner, open fire, firing a burst of approximately 150 rounds at 300 yards. Nothing further was seen of the attacker and the Wellington proceeded to the target, having suffered no damage. No strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft.
S/Ldr W. Comar -- 424 Squadron
The unidentified aircraft was first seen on the starboard quarter at
600 yards and came straight in to attack. Violent corkscrewing was carried
out by the Wellington, and the rear gunner opened fire at about 500 yards
with two bursts of about 300 rounds from all guns. The enemy aircraft broke
away at about 400 yards by climbing steeply and was not seen again.
No damage to the enemy aircraft was claimed and it did not open fire.