On 9th November, whilst flying straight and level along a village street, his machine was caught in a burst of fire coming from a church tower at the end of the street. One bullet came through the front of his windscreen and then struck him on the side of the head at one point before passing out again about 1/4 in further back. In doing this, the bullet struck the buckle of the goggles and drove it slightly into his head, and this was later removed by a doctor of a Field Ambulance Unit. The bullet also smashed the engine switch, but fortunately the engine continued to run. Despite his injury, he continued his patrol until all the four Cooper bombs and ammunition had been expended.