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21:27 Lancaster JB290 reports combat with Ju.88

21:27 630 squadron Lancaster LE-D JB290 reports combat with Ju.88
Heading south with 170km to the target, the Lancaster was hit by cannon shell and machine gun bullets from somewhere astern down. Sgt. Juckes, the rear gunner, stood up in his turret and on looking down sighted a Ju.88 port quarter down range 300 yards passing to starboard. Lancaster corkscrewed starboard and Juckes opened fire with a four second burst holding this as the enemy aircraft broke away to starboard quarter up range 150 yards.
The mid-upper gunner, Flight Sergeant Guy’s turret was rendered unserviceable as a result of the enemy aircraft burst but managed to get in a short burst by operating the guns and turret manually.
Both gunners observed strikes on the Ju.88 and claim to have damaged it.
They had fired 400 rounds with no stoppages.

21:20 207 Sqn EM-K combat with FW.190

21:20 Lancaster EM-K of 207 Squadron  reports combat with FW.190 just before the second turning point above the village of Hille.
The FW.190 was spotted on the port quarter below at 800 yards range.
The enemy aircraft crossed from port to starboard quarter with the range closing to 600 yards. Flying Officer McIntosh, the Rear gunner, opened fire and the enemy aircraft immediately broke away to starboard beam, down, without opening fire and was not seen again. No evasive action was necessary because the enemy aircraft had not commenced his attack.

20:48 First combat reported by 51 Squadron Halifax

20:48 A Halifax of 51 Squadron reports the first combat of the night.
Just after crossing the Dutch coast at 20,000ft south west of Leeuwarden an unidentified aircraft fired on the Halifax.
At the time the Monica warning system was unserviceable. The Halifax’s gunners did not return fire.
Was this a case of friendly fire?