In a biography by Donald Sturrock, Dahl gives a more detailed description of that chaotic 30 minutes: “It was truly the most breathless and exhilarating time I have ever had in my life. I caught glimpses of planes with black smoke pouring from their engines. I saw planes with pieces of metal flying off their fuselages. I saw the bright red flashes coming from the wings of the Messerschmitts as they fired their guns and once I saw a man whose Hurricane was in flames climb calmly out onto a wing and jump off.” Somewhere in the midst of the frenzy, Woods was attacked by what one witness called a “swarm” of German Junkers and Messerschmitts. Battle- hardened as he was, he had no chance. His blazing Hurricane was last seen plunging into Elevsis Bay, just west of Athens.