RAF Spitfire hitting a Heinkel He-111 in Battle of Britain dogfight

spitfire heinkel dogfight

The image, captured by a camera gun film, shows tracer ammunition from a Supermarine Spitfire Royal Air Force aircraft hitting a Heinkel He-111 of the German Luftwaffe.

The Supermarine Spitfire Mark I which scored the hit served in the 609 Squadron of the Royal Air Force, and was flown by Flight Lieutenant J.H.G. McArthur.

The dogfight took place when the KG 53 and KG 55 Luftwaffe bomber units attacked the Bristol Aeroplane Company’s works at Filton, Bristol, right before noon on September 25th 1940, during the Battle of Britain. The two Heinkels captured in the photograph were part of those units.

Book suggestions ⤵️

📖 Spitfire: A Very British Love Story (John Nichol, 2018)

📖 Spitfire! The Experiences of a Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot (Brian Lane, 1942)

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