CONFIDENTIAL

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A.  Combat.                                                                                                 E.  20 Miles NE of Bremen.     

B.  26 November 1943.                                                                               F.  Clear.

C.  343rd Fighter Squadron,                                                                        G.  JU 88.
      55th Fighter Group.
D.  1140.                                                                                                     H.  One (1) JU 88 destroyed.

I.       I was leading Yellow Flight of the 343rd Squadron on November 26th at approximately 1140, about 20 miles northeast of Bremen.  We were just about to R/V with the lead box of B-17's when our squadron Leader dove down to to scatter a flight of ME 210's and DO 217's, shooting down one of them.  Several single engine fighters tried to come in on his flight from 3 o'clock, so I took my flight down to disperse them - they rolled away.  I then climbed up, and noted a green colored JU 88. I shot at him from underneath, then on my back from astern at about 100 to 200 yards.  I noted two cannon strikes on left engine nacelle, one on fuselage behind pilot compartment, and one on right wing.  A small explosion was noted within the left engine nacelle.  The ship then went down to the left.  I claim one JU 88 destroyed.  Lt. Hiner, behind me at the time, noted the ship go down.  As soon as the JU 88 was apparently done for, I immediately pulled back in the formation.

ROLAND M. MALMSTEDT,
Captain, Air Corps.

STATEMENT

        After making bounce on twin engined enemy airplane (DO 217). I pulled up tot he right and just as I leveled (sic) off I fell in behind a P-38 which was firing at a JU 88 (on his back). I saws it go down into a left hand dive with left engine definitely afire.  when the P-38 climbed on up and leveled (sic) off, I joined on P-38's wing and found it was Capt. Malmstedt.

JAMES W. HINER
2nd Lt., Air Corps.

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