PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT
B. Nov. 5, 1943
C. 38th Fighter Sqd. 55th Ftr. group
D. Approx. 1400
E. Approx. 50 miles east of Rotterdam
H. One FW190 - damaged.
I. I was flying on Major Joel's wing escorting 2 boxes B-24's. We were covering 2 straggling B24's, behind the first box, at about 3000 ft. above the stragglers. We saw 4 FW190's going up for an attack on the stragglers on the port side. We peeled off to the left to break up the attack. The first E/A saw us coming and half rolled and dove away. The 4th FW190 apparently in an aggressive mood, came straight on at me. I met him head-on at about 11 o'clock from him, I opened fire at about 400 yds. range holding fire until he was about 75 yds. (about 2,3-second bursts) observing strikes on his left engine cowl and fuselage. He passed me doing a very slow roll to the right, I then lost sight of him. We then zoomed back up above the straggling bombers. The FW190 had a yellow cowl. The underside of its wings were painted white with red crosses.
RICHARD W. FORSBLAD
2nd Lt. Air Corps
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