Naturally these kills have been claimed more than once, and some, such as the empty Dornier rammed by Ray Holmes, seven times or more.
The big wing was particularly vulnerable to overclaiming.
Britain had won its first real victory of the war, and its value to public morale was incalulable.
I am deeply indebted to the following works, upon which I have relied for this account — • Alfred Price — "Battle of Britain Day" and "The Hardest Day" • Stephen Bungay — "The Most Dangerous Enemy" • Tom Neil — "Gun Button to Fire" • Richard Townshend Bickers — "The Battle of Britain" • Winston Churchill — "Their Finest Hour" — and also to the following for their help.
The radio operator opens the hatch — releasing a flood of spent cartridge cases onto the grass.Holmes then tried to investigate his own crash site, with the help of a Home Guardsman.