CONFIDENTIAL

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Combat.
B. 13 November 1943.
C. 38th Fighter Squadron,  55th Fighter Group.
D. Approximately 1200.
E.  Near Bremen.
F. Clear with low clouds.
G. JU 88 and ME 109-G
H. JU 88 - Damages.
     ME 109 Destroyed.
 I.         My element leader, Lt. Gerald Brown, and I flying together abut 10 miles southwest of Bremen at a 210 degree heading, at 29,000 feet, our flight having been split up due to enemy attacks, observed a JU 88 approaching the middle box of bombers from the four o'clock position and at bomber level of 25,000 feet.  We immediately initiated an attack upon him from above and behind.  He observed out attack, fired his rockets and dove away to the right.  I closed to within 400 to 500 yards, fired about a six second burst and observed his right engine start smoking violently.  We were losing altitude rapidly, so consequently I broke off the attack and pulled up into a spiralling zoom.  As I did so, I observed an ME 109 on my wingman's tail about 50 yards behind him.  I called him on the R/T, warning him and advised him to skid until I could position myself for an attack.

Lt. Brown took violent evasive action, doing dives, zooms, skids, rolls and various other maneuvers (sic.) , but the German continued to follow about 50 yards behind firing continually.  In the meantime, I moved to a position about 400 yards behind the ME 109 and using full throttle I was able to work up on his tail to a position about 150 yards behind him.  I had already fired about three or four large deflection shots of about one or two second's duration at the German but without any noticeable results.

Finally Lt. Brown tried a skidding barrel roll, but the ME followed and put a long burst into Lt. Brown's right engine causing heavy brown smoke to pour out.  At about the same time I had closed to within approximately 150 yards of the German and followed them both into the roll.  As the German fired at Lt. Brown, I fired a five second burst at no deflection from an inverted position into the ME 109.  His engine burst into flame and pieces of the plane flew all over the sky.  I passed within 40 to 50 feet of him and observed fire from the engine streaming back over the fuselage.

Lt. Brown feathered his right engine and was able to make it to our home base.  He also witnessed and corraborates (sic.) the foregoing statements.

 JOSEPH MYERS,
Captain, Air Corps.

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