343RD FIGHTER SQUADRON

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Combat.
B. November 3rd, 1943.
C. 343rd Fighter Squadron
D. 1255
E.  Near wilhelmshaven
F. Low cumulus at 12,000 - base at various levels
G. FW 190
H. 1 FW 190 probable shared with Lt. Col. Jenkins
I. While flying Whiteman white 2 to Lt. Col. Jenkins, Group Commander, we sighted 2 FW 190's making passes at a B-17 between the first and second combat wings. We attacked at about 1255 from above and behind, as one FW 190 broke off the B-17's tail to the right.  Lt. Col. Jenkins opened fire at it and as he did I slid out to the right and fired a long burst.  The opening range was about 500 yards, the angle off about 5 degrees.  I observed strikes around the cockpit and a big bal of fire followed by smoke just behind the cockpit.  We broke off at about 200 yards and as we did I noticed the B-17 previously mentioned do a wing over and spin down.  It appeared to be structurally undamaged and was not on fire.

PAUL E. HOEPER
1st Lt., Air Corps.

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