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PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Combat.
B. 25 November 1943.
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. 1330
E. Near HAZEBROUCK
F. CAVU
G. Me109
H. Probably destroyed.
I. Major Shipman and I were giving withdrawal cover to Lt. Steiner who was on single engine.  Two Me109's were coming up on Lt. Steiner's tail and started to fire.  Major Shipman and I were between 22,000 ft, and 23,000 ft.  Lt. Steiner was at 20,000 ft.  We made an attack on the two Me109's, Major Shipman firing on the first one, and I fired on the second.  I observed many strikes on the second Me109, from the engine back, which Major Shipman observed also.  I fired from 45 to 0, and observed cannon bursts on canopy when I was firing from 0, after which Me109 half rolled and we die (sic.) not see him again.  This attack was made near HAZEBROUCK, time of attack was 1330.

The two Me109's were very aggressive.  They could see our attack coming, but did not break into us, or away from us.  They must of concluded that we could not hold deflection and therefore continued to fire on Lt. Steiner.

ROBERT F. MALONEY,
2nd Lt. Air Corps

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