A Dash of Courage
The Attack on UJ126, UJ D & UJ E
This sketch map was made by the crew of UJ 126 as part of their combat report on the attack by the two Blenheims It shows the original formation of the three ships, with UJ 126 in the centre steering a course of Northeast, and UJ D and E in a line abreast formation with a spacing of 800m. CEGH is in the leading aircraft with Herrick behind, as they attacked from astern.
After spotting the incoming aircraft, UJ 126 turns hard to port to bring her full range of armament to bear. UJ D also turns to port, in order to maintain her separation from UJ 126. CEGH's 4 250lb bombs fall a few meters short of the evading UJ126, and his Blenheim pulls up and turns to port as it passes over the ship, with one engine trailing smoke.
Herrick's aircraft is already ablaze as it crosses over UJ 126. One of his bombs falls beyond, and his aircraft crashes into the sea not far beyond
CEGH's Blenheim is observed to fly to the west for
about 8km before suddenly dropping into the water and
UJ D (Rau IX)