A. Engagement.
B. 13 November 1943.
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. 1140 to 1145.
E. West of Bremen.
F. Clear at altitude, low clouds.
G. FW 190.
H. None.
I. Just after we met the bombers altitude was 24,000 feet in close cover support.  There was a single FW 190 below us with a checkerboard cowling.  He was obviously bait for a flight of two E/A that were above him and 9 o'clock to us.  We made a pass at him.  I was No. 4 in blue flight, and unobserved my element leader, Captain Beaird, fired at him.  I also fired a short burst, but deflection was 70 degrees, and I couldn't get sufficient lead.  We broke left into E/A above us.  They did get on our tails and fired at me.  Due to my canopy being iced over, I could not see them, but felt strikes on the plane.  Evasion was violent skidding.  They were driven off by two P-38's who bounced them from 9 o'clock, high, and they rolled below the overcast.

2nd Lt., Air Corps.


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