W/Cdr S. Blanchard -- 426 Squadron
The enemy aircraft was first sighted by Sgt F. Riles who was occupying the astrodome. The enemy aircraft was on the starboard beam at approximately 1,000 yards. The weather was clear with clouds below and a moon on the starboard beam.
The enemy aircraft appeared to dive away and was seen by Sgt J. Eveline, the rear gunner, on the starboard quarter below at a range of 800 yards. He told the pilot to prepare to turn to starboard.
Evasive action was started when the JU-88 was at 600 yards and the rear gunner opened fire at 400 yards. As soon as the rear gunner opened fire the enemy aircraft broke away on the starboard quarter down without returning fire. Our aircraft completed a turn of 360 degrees and continued on course.
The enemy aircraft was not sighted again and no results of the gunnerís
fire were observed. There was no search light activity or any other
indication that an attack was coming. The enemy aircraft carried no identification
lights. 200 rounds were fired by the rear gunner without stoppages, the
front gunner was unable to bring his guns to bear.