The Brabant village Oisterwijk and Operation Market Garden
A dogfight of No.341 Squadron
From Luftwaffe unit 1./S.A.Gr. 128 Combat Diary
30 December 1943.
At 15:08 a Focke Wulf 190 G-3 of 1./S.A.Gr. 128 was damaged in combat in Pl.Qu. 15
West S/8055. coordinates 49-04N, 06-35W.
At 14:10 eight Spitfires of 341 (Free French) Sqdn took off from Perranporth. After
crossing the Channel at low-altitude at 14:55 S/Chef Pierre Gallay saw four aircraft
at four o’clock at sea level, flying west-north-west. The Commanding Officer Capt.
L. Christian Martell flying Spitfire Vb AA846 was told about the aircraft and the
formation turned to investigate, quickly identifying the enemy as four FW 190s. One
of the FW 190s broke and climbed and was followed by Capt. Martell and S/Chef Gallay.
Capt. Martell fired a short burst and hit the FW 190 in the fuselage, but it then
disappeared in clouds. Martell claimed his victories in co-ordinates 49-04N, 06-35W.
Capt. Jacques Soufflet fired several bursts at another of the FW 190s but did not
see any damage caused. After diving back to low-altitude Capt. Martell fired at a
second FW 190 which flew away trailing smoke. The squadron then reformed and was
heading home when S/Lt R. Borne in Spitfire Vb AB241 spotted an FW 190 and chased
it. He opened fire and during several bursts saw parts of the tail unit come off
at 15:00 in co-ordinates 49-04N, 06-35W. He then chased the FW 190 for four minutes
but had to turn for home due to lack of fuel. This FW 190 was damaged and was smoking
badly and Borne claimed it as probably destroyed. The Squadron landed at 16:00. S/Chef
Fry had been fired at by one of the FW 190s but had not been hit.