ROYAL AIR FORCE: OPERATIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA, 1940-1943.
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Cannon shells explode around the tail of a Junkers Ju 52 forced down in the Western Desert by three Bristol Bisleys of No. 15 Squadron SAAF, 12 October 1942. The starboard engine is already on fire, and a member of the crew can be seen lying face down on the ground beneath it. The Bisleys, escorted by four Bristol Beaufighters of No. 252 Squadron RAF, intercepted the German transport aircraft while returning from a strike on an enemy train. The Beaufighters shot down a Ju 52 and damaged one of the escorting Messerschmitt Bf 110s, while the Bisleys forced down a second Ju 52 and subsequently destroyed it with their bombs. One of the Bisleys was shot down by return fire.
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