Burgess and Hintze by Charles J. Thompson

Depicted here is the engagement on the afternoon of 29 October 1940 over Kent between Sgt. John H.H. Burgess in Spitfire Mk.1 (P9318) of B Flight, No.222 'Natal' Squadron, based at Hornchurch, Essex, and Oberleutnant Otto Hintze in Messerschmitt Bf109E-4/B (Werke Nummer 2024) of 3 Erptobungsgruppe 210, based at the advanced airfield at Calais-Marck. Closing up with the enemy, Burgess fired a seven-second burst with his eight Browning machine-guns, hitting the German aircraft's engine and causing it to lose speed. Hintze jettisoned his cockpit hood and Burgess watched as he managed to bail out without turning the aircraft on its back, possibly by pushing the control column forward and 'bunting' the fighter into an inverted loop so that he was thrown out of the cockpit. His parachute opened and he landed safely while his aircraft crashed at Sheerlands Farm, Buckley, in Kent. Hintze spent the remainder of the war as a PoW and Burgess also survived the war.

Burgess and Hintze by Charles J. Thompson
Bigbird, Aug 10, 2007
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