A Court of Inquiry is held ‘for the purpose of enquiring into and allocating responsibility for the attack and shooting down of Whitley aircraft N.1411 by a Hurricane aircraft No. R.4118 of No. 1 (C) O.T.U., Silloth, on 5th August 1940.’
All four of the Silloth pilots — two Blenheims, two Hurricanes — who intercepted the Whitley believe they had been authorised to shoot at a British-marked aircraft if it acted in a hostile manner, but only Sgt Parrott, who intercepted the Whitley after the others had left, opened fire.
The Court will issue its judgement later.
TNA AIR 14/390.