CONFIDENTIAL

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A.  Combat.
B.  26 November 1943.
C.  38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. 1200 - 1215.
E.  Slightly West of Bremen.
F.  CAVU above 20,000 to 25,000 feet, with clouds 6 to 7/10th cover below.
G.  FW 190.
H.  Damaged.
I.       I was flying wing man to Lt. Leve, leader of Swindle Blue Flight when we observed two enemy aircraft attacking two P-38's from the rear.  We dove down on them from above and the rear, slightly to the left.  I opened fire on the near FW 190 at about 350 yards with 10 to 15 degrees deflection and closed to 250 - 275 yards observing strikes on the left wing and on the fuselage near the tail. We then broke off our attack and as we did, I observed enemy aircraft smoking, roll over in a spiral into the clouds below us.  Lt. Carroll of the 38th was the pilot of the P-38 being attacked by this particular enemy aircraft and he also observed enemy aircraft smoking and in a spin apparently out of control.
        This action took place at 29,000 to 30,000 feet.  The enemy aircraft came down from above and to the port side of the two P-38's they were attacking.

ROBERT E. ERICKSON,
2nd Lieut., Air Corps.

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