PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT
B. 5 November 1943.
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
E. Rotterdam Area.
G. ME 109.
H. Photos of burning aircraft previously hit by Lt. Leinweber.
I. About 4 ME 109's were attacking a B-17 at about 12,000 feet and the signal for help was sent out by B-17 green flares. The flight leader, Lt. Leinweber, spiraled and dove to a down sun position on a single Me 109 and then started closing in from 6 o'clock. My position, wing man for Lt. Leinweber, enabled me to maneuver (sic.) so that I could fire after Lt. Leinweber finished. Just before Lt. Leinweber broke away, e/a was seen to half roll to right and start burning. At this time Lt. Leinweber broke off and I started firing. E/A after half rolling started a slight dive giving me a good view of cockpit. My range was so close, approximately 150 feet, that I was unable to fire more than two seconds. Results, fire seen coming out both sides of engine and parts were seen to fly off. I broke to the left and up to rejoin my formation.
WILTON E. WYCHE
1st Lieut., Air Corps.
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