442: Foster, Pentland, Bruce and Harmer destroy a Heinkel III

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442: Foster, Pentland, Bruce and Harmer destroy a Heinkel III - Canadians Down ' Big Heinkel ' Torpedo Bomber;...
Canadians Down ' Big Heinkel ' Torpedo Bomber; AJff ADVANCED ' AIRFIELD, Tunisia, April 23. CP) An R.C. A-T. lighter squadron ; has ' de stroyed its first victim in the Battle of Tunisia. - It was announced today that ,-.Ieur pilots from four Canadian provinces shared in the destruc tion of an enemy torpedo bomber la a ' brief t encasement - which probably saved an important unit of the Royal Navy convoy' in the Mediterranean. Sharing credit for shooting down a Heinkel III were Sqdn, Ldr. Brad Foster, of Montreal; Fit. Lt Bill Pentland, of Calgary; FO. Douglas Bruce, of Fenticton, B.C. and PO. J. H. Harmer, of To ronto.' ' -. i ' A formation from the squadron was escorting the convoy off Gases when Foster spotted the big Heinkel coming In fast and low to launch its torpedoes at a naval craft. He dived on the en emy 'plane, followed by Pentland and Harmer. The Montrealer's first squirt of cannon and machine-gun fire winged " the Heinkel: ' and, after Pentland and , Harmer each fired a burst It broke into flames. One of the five-man crew leaped from the aircraft while the" firing was still in progress and fell SO feet into the sea like a human bullet. Bruce, who was watching the .battle from above, came down fast to finish off the flaming torpedo-bomber with a final blast which literally blew it to pieces at' wave-stop height. The Nazi pilot, one leg broken by a cannon shell, was picked up by a naval launch which also rescued a companion who had Jumped and who escaped injury despite terrific impact with the water. ';- The Canadians suffered ' no Injury or damage to their aircraft

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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 23 Apr 1943, Fri,
  3. Page 12

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