CONFIDENTIAL

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Combat.
B. 25 November 1943.
C. 343rd Fighter Squadron,  55th Fighter Group.
D. 1300.
E. Lille.
F. CAVU.
G. ME 109's.
H. Two (2) ME 109's damaged.
 I.         During sweep while leading Whiteman Blue Flight, composed of six ships, the Squadron Leader, Major Webb, made a circle.  We were at 13,000 ft. south of Lille.  We completed 270 degrees when two ME 109's came in at 11 o'clock headed for my last element.  I turned into same and fired at 60 degree deflection at about 200 yards range.  I observed a few scattered hits on the wings with no apparent effect, but the ME 109's broke from their attack.  I claim 2 ME 109's damaged.

 EUGENE E. RYAN
Captain, Air Corps.

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