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Two more were then seen taxiing and one of these was probably destroyed by Fit Lt Ivens, although on the debit side WO Griffiths was hit by ground fire and force-landed to become a PoW. Then on 17 November two-dozen aircraft from Nos 30 and 135 Sqns again escorted Liberators to Rangoon, and the formation was intercepted by around 20 Ki-43s and Ki-44s as it approached the target. Fit Sgt R E Maxwell and Pit Off Bob Windle from No 135 Sqn engaged a 50th Sentai Ki-43 as it attempted to intercept the bombers, hitting it and forcing Sgt Shinohara to bailout.
On 15 July, in spite of bad weather over Yugoslavia, further sorties were launched. Soon after 0700 hrs the CO (in FB337) led Fig Off Anthony and WOs Cooke and Ford on a sweep that took them along a railway line that ran the length of the Serbian-Croatian border. Having strafed two trains, the pilots then spotted six single-engined biplanes, thought to have been Bucker trainers, near the Croatian town ofVukovar. In a brief one-sided action, four of them were shot down, two falling to Spencer Whiting and one each to Anthony and Cooke.
The squadron had its first encounter with the Luftwaffe in its new Mustang Ills that same day when, just after lunch, flight commander FIt Lt C S Vos scrambled after a Ju 88, but only the unit's Spitfire IX element engaged. The other flight commander in No 213 Sqn at this time was Fit Lt C D A Tigger' Smith, who had five claims, bur as yet no confirmed victories. On the 15th tile CO led anomer escort for South African Air Force (SAAF) Baltimores that were attacking Rhodes, and No 213 Sqn spotted five Ar 196 floatplanes as they approached the Greek island.