WWII Today (August 29):
On 29 August 1941 Clive Caldwell was attacked by two Bf 109s North-West of Sidi Barrani. One of his attackers was the Bf 109 E-7 â€œblack 8â€ of 2./JG 27 piloted by one of Germanyâ€™s top aces, Leutnant Werner Schroer who was credited with 114 Allied planes in only 197 combat missions.
Caldwellâ€™s P-40 â€œTomahawkâ€ of 250 Squadron was riddled with more than 100 rounds of 7.9 mm slugs, plus five 20 mm cannon strikes which punctured a tyre and rendered the flaps inoperative. In the first attack Caldwell suffered bullet wounds to the back, left shoulder, and leg. In the next pass one shot slammed through the canopy, causing splinters which wounded him with perspex in the face and shrapnel in the neck. Two cannon shells also punched their way through the rear fuselage just behind him and the starboard wing was badly damaged. Despite damage to both himself and the aircraft, Caldwell, feeling, as he remembers, â€œquite hostileâ€ turned on his attackers and sent down one of the Bf 109s in flames.
The pilot of the second Messerschmitt, the renowned Leutnant Schroer, shocked by this turn of events, evidently made off in some haste. Caldwellâ€™s engine had caught fire, however he managed to extinguish the flames with a violent slip. He then nursed his flying wreck back to base at Sidi Haneish.
Hat tip to Woodpile Report.