343 FIGHTER SQUADRON

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Combat.
B. November 3rd, 1943.
C. 343rd Fighter Squadron
D. 1315
E.  Fifteen miles south of Wilhelmshaven at 27000 ft.
F. Overcast at 14-000 ft. Slight haze above.
G. FW 190.
H. One FW 190 Probable.
I. I was flying No. 4 in Blue flight.  I was recovering from a sharp dive after Lt. Buttke had shot an E/A off my tail and joined a formation of four P-38's at 27-000 ft.  I tacked on to the second element and just then the first element made a bounce to the left and the second element made a steep downward bounce to the right, apparently on a FW 190.  I followed them and as I did a FW 190 came in on the tail of the second ship and evidently did not see me.  I got within 200 yds. of his tail and at that time the element leader and his wingman pulled up hard and to the right with the FW 190 following.  I gave him about 2 1/2 radii lead and gave two bursts (about 2 secs. each) of gun and cannon at him.  My ship started severe buffeting so I eased off the stick and smoothed out and repeated the same tactics with two more bursts of same duration at about 250 yds. after which the FW 190 appeared to stagger slightly and fell off in a slow spiral to the right, and I pulled off in a slow spiral to the right and I pulled off to the right momentarily - he spiralled down through the overcast with out any apparent control over the ship.  The pilot did not bail out and no smoke or fire was noticeable,  I then pulled back up and joined two P-38's and we returned home.

HAROLD M. BAUER
2nd Lieut., Air Corps.

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