PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT
B. 5 November 1943.
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. 1429 (Approximately)
E. Just west of Arnhem.
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.
Major, Air Corps.
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.
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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