25 December 1940
Following the previous day’s event, Flight Lieutenant Eric Smith and Flying Officer John W.J. Taylor took off, between 06:30 and 07:40, in two Hawker Hardy in order to search for the Caproni Ca.133 shot down the previous day.
According to Eric Smith :
« At 04:00 on Christmas Day, just when the rum party had developed into fire walking, a worried Flying Officer John Taylor brought in a signal ordering us to destroy the original Caproni attacked by Mac [Flying Officer Alexander S. MacIntyre]. It had been seen to force-land by our forward troops. I decided an immediate take-off was the only solution and was not in the least worried to see my gunner, Sergeant Green , being carried out, dumped paralytic in the gunner’s cockpit. I merely ordered him to be roped down in case he woke up and fell out. Accompanied by Flying Officer Taylor in another Hardy the mission was accomplished ».
Note that a claim on a Gloster Gladiator above Gallabat is reported on this date, by Sergeant Maggiore Luigi Baron. As Håkan Gustavsson indicates  no loss or battle appears in British or South African archives. The only documented operation of a fighter is the take-off on alert of Major Lawrence A. Wilmot, No.1 (SAAF) Squadron, aboard a Hawker Hurricane to intercept an unidentified aircraft over Port Sudan. The latter turns out to be a Bristol Blenheim from the No.203 (RAF) Squadron.  A date error is probably highlighted here, with the subsequent events of 27 December.
 No.237 (RAF) Squadron : Operations Record Book (Form 540 and Form 541). Kew: TNA, AIR 27/1450.
 In reality, Sergeant John S. Gray.
 SALT, Beryl. A Pride of Eagles : The Definitive History of the Rhodesian Air Force (1920 – 1980). Johannesburg : Covos Day, 2001. p.74
 GUSTAVSSON, Håkan. Sergente Maggiore Luigi » Gino » Baron. Biplane Fighter Aces from the Second World War : http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/italy_baron.htm
 K Flight: Operations Record Book (Form 540 and Form 541). Kew : TNA, AIR 29/858 ; No.1 (SAAF) Squadron : War Diary. Kew : TNA, AIR/54/1.