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I was leading the second element in Captain Myers flight on a fighter sweep on the above date.  Near Lille, about 1315, we encountered some dozen ME 109's in the sun at 11 o'clock.  We started climbing to get above them, weaving at the same time, but they saw what we intended doing and started their head-on attack immediately.  As they went over us, having passed through Major Shipman's flight which was above and ahead of us, I looked back to position myself against further attacks and I noticed one ME 109 going down in a steep spiral to the right in flames and another ME 109 trailing very heavy black smoke, evidently out of control as the plane was doing lazy eight's.  In my opinion both of these planes should be classed as destroyed.

GERALD BROWN,
2nd Lieut., Air Corps.

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