1942. Captain P. C. Gammer and his crew were boarding the newly developed Dornier 217 E2 airplane. Their mission was already began. The engine of the Do 217 started with a big noise and some dust twirled around the hangar.
Levelling to high altitude was easy with the BMW engines. The sun was shining and the sky was mostly clear. The plane was headed directly toward to the base of the enemy.
Captain Gammer ordered radio silence as the plane was closing to its destination. The crew were afraid that maybe this will be their final destination.
Gammer ordered to check the engines and the map. The pilot reported that everything is all right.
A strong wind disturbance caused a little worry, but a careful navigation maneuver solved the issue.
As soon as the wind calmed down, some of the enemy warships began to fire to the airplane.
None of them could penetrate the armor of the Do 217. The plane arrived to its destination.
They had to slow down to have better aim position. Finally, one of the two bases had been destroyed by the Do 217. Unfortunately, during the attack, an enemy rocket was exploded near to the plane and caused a serious destruction on it.
The captain ordered the pilot to climb up and return to the airfield immediately.
The plane climbed and began to retreat while the enemy destroyer ships were attacking it.
They could not hit the plane. It was a lucky day for the captain and for his crew.
The pilot turned the Do 217 to the direction of the airfield.
Some of the enemy warplanes were already taken down by the teammates so the returning looked like possible.
This was the first time, when the pilot reported a fuel leakage.
The captain asked the pilot if they can make it to the airfield.
The pilot answered that it is possible, if both of the engines will be working good.
The crew wondered what could have been happen with the plane.
The pilot looked out from the windows and checked the engines.
He also checked the cockpit instruments.
They just seemed all right.
The pilot reported that he saw some of the teammate planes, but no enemy around.
The enemy warships were far away, they could not fire accurately from that far away.
Both of the engines were beginning to smoke.
It seemed that they just go fire.
The pilot just tried to climb a little to test the plane.
He also made some maneuvers and thought that the landing would be hard with this damaged plane.
As the airfield was already close, he asked the captain if he orders to land or to evacuate.
Captain P. C. Gammer ordered to pilot to land the plane.
They began to decrease the altitude and the power.
The pilot could successfully align the plane with the airfield and he also made a successful landing.
The plane had been repaired, rearmed and refuelled. After a little rest, the crew were happily ready for the next mission…