CONFIDENTIAL

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Combat
B. 5 November 1943.
C. 38th Fighter Squadron,  55th Fighter Group.
D. Approximately 1425.
E.  Rotterdam area.
F. CAVU.
G. ME 109.
H. One (1) ME 109 destroyed.
I. As we were about to leave the Rotterdam area at 23,000 ft. with the box of B-24's and their stragglers, I was leading Swindle Blue flight when a B-17 at about 12,000 ft. was sighted to our portside shooting green flares.  The B-17 was being attacked from the rear by about 5 E/A.  I spiraled down to the port side into the sun.  Upon completing the spiral I was directly behind E/A some 1,000 yards astern.  The sun being directly behind us made our attack a complete surprise.  I waited until dead astern of E/A, and when he filled better than 1/3 of my sight I began to fire, and continued to fire until I almost collided.  While still about 200 yards away I began to see results.  E/A half rolled and engine exploded on left side of engine amid a sheet of flame and smoke.  No other results were noted by me.  Lt. Wyche noted smoke and flames and pieces flying off while E/A was headed down.  Lt. Steiner and F/O Fisher also made these same observations.  Cannon fired only one round - short round caused jam.

G. F. LEINWEBER
1st Lieut., Air Corps.

STATEMENT

I was No. 3 position in Lt. Leinweber's flight when he closed on E/A from dead astern.  I saw flame leap from the engine, then it started to smoke.  It looked like small pieces were coming off of the E/A around the motor.  He half rolled and was still burning and smoking on the way down.  We broke to the left and I did not see him after that.

D. L. STEINER,
2nd Lieut., Air Corps.

STATEMENT

I was about four ships back when first the E/A came into my sight.  Lt. Leinweber came up behind him and closed very close, firing all the time.  The E/A then snapped on his back and split S'd, black smoke was trailing him down.  That was the last I saw of him.

D. D. FISHER,
F/O, Air Corps.

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