CONFIDENTIAL

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Combat.
B. 5 November 1943.
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. 1429 (Approximately)
E.  Just west of Arnhem.
F. Clear.
G. ME 109.
H. Destroyed.  I saw no results after the vertical dive.  Lt. Garvin saw parachute.  Lt. Forsblad saw black smoke from E/A.
I. Flying parallel and behind #2 bomber box at 26,000 ft. when I saw 2 stragglers about to be attacked by three 109's.  Stragglers were behind first two boxes about 2 miles at 18,000 ft, approximately.  We were just in front of stragglers.  E/A were about to make a diving head on pass from 2 o'clock on the bombers, I attempted to head them off by making a diving turn firing at the lead 109 at about 400 yards or more at about 15-20 degree deflection, trying to close from behind.  Two E/A did a rudder roll downward into a vertical dive as I opened fire.  Before I closed much beyond 300 yards, the leader went into a vertical dive and I could no longer hold my lead and had nearly reached compressibility, I pulled up and over the bombers.  E/A got no closer than 1000 yards to bombers.  My wing man Lt. Forsblad claims seeing heavy black smoke from E/A though I saw no results while firing.  Lt. Garvin in cover flight above saw parachute break out below us.

MILTON JOEL
Major, Air Corps.

STATEMENT

At the time of Major Joel's encounter with a 109, I was above and behind the two straggling bombers about 2,000 ft.  Shortly after, 1/2 to 1 minute, of the approximate time of encounter, I saw a parachute about 2,000 ft. below these two stragglers.  This chute was in about a 10 o'clock position to me, and would have been about a 2 o'clock position to these two bombers.  No E/A were seen.

JAMES M. GARVIN
2nd Lt. Air Corps.

STATEMENT

When Major Joel started his attack on E/A, I turned inside of him getting on his right wing well forward in a line abreast position.  I saw Major Joel open fire at about 400 yard range, I was then trying to take a lead on the same E/A.  The E/A went into a dive, I followed for about a second after Major Joel broke off attack.  I saw black smoke come from the E/A's engine, I then broke off and got back in formation.

RICHARD W. FORSBLAD
2nd Lieut., Air Corps,

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