Peter Jensen - Shot down in the Bay of Biscay, part three

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1 min 38 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


We fought them for three quarters of an hour but they got us down eventually. It surprise me that no one was killed in the aircraft, two were wounded. Three engines had been put out of kilter and the skipper had to ditch and we got up on the top.

We'd winged one of the JU-88s, I seen it going home blowing a lot of smoke. So there are five of them circling. That was a bit of a worry. We all got out on top of the wing and got the wounded blokes up, laid them out on the wing. We didn't know what they were going to do.

And anyway one of them, the leader peeled off and flew down toward us and the skipper said, I've never forgotten this, he said, "Sorry boys, can't do anything more for you. All I can say is if he shoots, jump".

And I thought that was good advice. I stepped over to the leading edge of the aircraft. And he didn't shoot. It just flew a couple of feet above us and saluted and then went.

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