343 FIGHTER SQUADRON

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Engagement
B. November 7, 1943
C. 343rd Fighter Squadron
D. (illeg.)
E.  South of Rouen
F. Low (illeg.)
G. FW 190
H. No claim pending assessment
I. While leading starboard squadron of close escort on 70 or more B-26's four FW 190's made an overhead attack on several P-38's protecting underside of second box of B-26's.  I attempted to get third FW 190, and closed in to about 500 yards firing a short burst with no apparent results.  The FW 190 rolled down and away.  About three minutes later four more FW 190's made a similar attack.  I followed the first two down to 4,000 feet as the other two broke in the opposite direction.  I fired two bursts at number two with no apparent results.  My number three man, Lt. May of Blue Flight noted dense smoke pouring from the number two FW 190.  It was my opinion that the smoke was caused by over boosting of his engine, not by fire.

ROLAND M. MALMSTEDT
Capt. Air Corps.

I was number three position in Capt. Malmstedt's flight when two FW 190's crossed under our flight leaving bombers.  Capt. Malmstedt started down after them, my element pulled to the side a little and followed him down to cover his tail.  I noticed the Capt. firing and suddenly dense white smoke poured out of the FW 190 and it was my impression that he got him.  The FW 190 then disappeared beneath some clouds and I saw nothing further of it.

George C.(sic.) Crowell
Maj. Air Corps.

I was flying number three in Lt. Sorace's flight covering Capt. Malmstedt as he went down after the two FW 190's.  After he fired a second burst at the number two FW 190 it immediately began to leave a dense smoke trail.  I didn't watch it any more after that.

James J. May
2nd Lt. Air Corps.

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