CONFIDENTIAL

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Combat.
B. 25 November 1943.
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. 1315.
E. Near Lille.
F. CAVU.
G. ME 109.
H. Destroyed.
I. I was flying number 2 in White Flight lead by Major Shipman.  We were near Lille at 1315.  When we observed 10-11 enemy aircraft above us and trying to get into the sun.  Our flight started to climb and turning into enemy aircraft.  Enemy aircraft observed our tactics and made an attack on our flight out of the sun.  I fired at a (sic.) ME 109 head on.  Observed hits on the nose of ME 109 and down the fuselage, after which he passed off my right wing, at our level, which was 22,000 feet.  The enemy aircraft started their attack from 25,000 feet.  Lieutenant Brown was in another flight below and behind us, at the same time of this engagement.  He saw 2 enemy aircraft fall past him, one in flames, the other smoking heavily and out of control.  It is his opinion that both enemy aircraft were destroyed.  There were no other friendly or enemy aircraft above our formation.
It is my claim that one of these enemy aircraft was the ME 109 which I struck in this engagement.

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

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