CONFIDENTIAL

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Combat
B. 3 November 1943
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group
D. 1308.
E. Over target area.
F. Above overcast, visibility good.
G. FW 190's.
H. Damaged. Witness: Capt Ayers, Lt. Kreft.
I. A formation of 5 FW 190's approached bomber from 2 o'clock flying parallel to course at about 2000 feet below us.  I began a gradual dive toward them from astern.  Two FW 190's pulled off into half rolls to right and one to left leaving two who started gentle turn.  I fired from behind with about 10 degrees deflection, range about 500 yards and closed seeing what I believed to be strikes.  Before I could close within good range, one of them half rolled and the one I was firing at pulled up and did what appeared to be vertical rolls at the ground.  I pulled up to rejoin bombers.  Capt. Ayers states ship spun through clouds.

MILTON JOEL
Major, Air Corps.

STATEMENT

I saw Major Joel's Flight engage some FW 190's below me, 1000 or 1500 feet.  After completing a 360 degree turn, I looked behind and below me and saw a FW 190 spinning down and smoke was coming from the cowling.  I saw the FW 190 spin through the overcast.

JERRY H. AYERS,
Captain, Air Corps.

CONFIDENTIAL

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