CONFIDENTIAL

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Combat.
B. 13 November 1943.
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. Approximately 1200 hours.
E. Near Bremen.
F. Clear with low clouds.
G. Two FW 190's.
H. One (1) FW 190 destroyed.
     One (1) FW 190 probably destroyed.
I.  After R/V with the bombers I lost my flight leader while trying to drop my belly tanks, of which only one released.  I was left along (sic.) and behind the bomers (sic.).  I started to climb right away.  At this time I observed a FW 190 diving down on two P-38's below me.  The two P-38's were turning and starting an attack on five plus E/A which were queing (sic.) up to attack the bombers.  This FW 190 came down out of the sun, diving on the two P-38's and passed through my sight at about a 45 to 50 degree deflection.  I fired short bursts while holding deflection.  I observed explosion in E/A cockpit, hood came off, after which I lost sight of E/A.  Shortly afterwards, as I was still climbing to regain my position a second FW 190, after making an attack on bombers, pulled up to fire on P-38  He did not see me and came up through my line of fire.  I was also climbing at the same time, and firing at about 90 degree deflection.  I observed hits on E/A, after which he rolled very slowly and spun down.  I continued to climb and lost sight of E/A. This E/A was one of a group of approximately 15 in line astern formation which were making attacks from about 2 o'clock position on the bombers.  The FW 190's had red and black checkered cowling.

ROBERT F. MALONEY,
2nd Lieut., Air Corps.

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