WW2 Log Book Entries
Excerpts from the Pilots Flying Log Books of Squadron Leader James Joseph ‘Orange’ O’Meara, WW2 Spitfire Ace.
8th August 1940 – 3 HE111 Damaged
10th August 1940 – 1 ME109 Damaged
11th August 1940 – 1 ME109 On Fire
11th August 1940 – 1 ME109 Probable
13th August 1940 – 1 ME109 Probable
14th August 1940 – 1 ME109 Confirmed
29th September 1940 – 1 JU88 On Fire, Confirmed
30th September 1940 – 1 JU88 Probably Destroyed
30th September 1940 – 1 ME109 Damaged
‘This fellow blew up nicely just at the trailing edge of wing roots. I did not watch the rear half falling, but the forward half spun down until the wings tore off, and then did a peculiar rotating movement until it crashed. Two of the Huns jumped and were taken prisoner’
9th February 1941
‘Went on a weather recco to Calais. Flew up the coast to Knocke flew inland and eventually attacked Flak ship off the canal mouth. Hit the bridge. Heavy air fire from ship and land.’
Newspaper Cutting detailing the encounter – Spitfires, Gun Ship, Troops
Two Spitfires carried out an offensive patrol over the Calais area yesterday, states the Air Ministry. One shot up an A. A. gun position in a field and machine gunned troops; the other raked a ship.The fight pilots separated over the enemy coast and one sighted three gun emplacements in a field. He swooped down and caught about 25 German soldiers crossing the field.He raked them with bullets and then fired into one of the gun positions.
He pulled out of the dive and joined up with his fellow spitfire which then dived on a ship. The ship put up a terrific barrage, but the pilot barged through it and machine-gunned the decks. Meanwhile the first pilot came down to 200ft and machine-gunned a launch.
17th February 1941
‘While patrolling off Dover with Paddy Barthropp, ignominiously shot down by 109’s, which I did not see either before or after the attack. Landed in a chicken run north of Folkstone’