We opted for a loose formation either side of the bombers and as the target came in view Talisman went ahead while I stayed with the bombers just under cloud height.
As the bombers started their shallow dive, I could see Talisman diving in behind a 109 just over the river. However I could see another 109 diving towards Talisman (luckily being pulled away from above the field) and another was above him so as there was nobody near the bombers I went to help.
Talisman quickly dispatched his victim but was about to be shot at.
I warned Talisman then took a shot as I passed and removed the 109s rudder and watched him dive away but I was unable to finish him as the third 109 was also now diving after Talisman.
I dived after him and peppered him which was enough to make him break off and run.
I followed and put a hole in his wing and he dove West with me following close but then Talisman called to say he had disengaged and was running for home so I broke off and turned East.
Meanwhile the bombers had hit the field hard without being seen by the defenders and were running home at treetops,
After a minute I saw two aircraft ahead and Talisman confirmed he was being chased. I was higher than them both so put down my noise to help him again but then the pursuing aircraft broke off and turned West. As he passed below I saw it was the one without a rudder that I assumed had gone home already!
We joined up for the short trip home with the bombers just ahead and with the mission minutes away from ending we quickly put down together.