CONFIDENTIAL

COPY

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. TYPE OF ACTION:    Combat.
        (1) Combat, if casualties or damage is inflicted.
        (2) Engagement, if guns are fired.
        (3) Encounter, if no guns fired.
B. DATE:    29 November 1943
C. UNIT:    338th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. TIME ATTACK MADE:    1430.
E. GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION OF ATTACK:    Approx. 16 miles N. of Emmen, Holland
F. WEATHER:    10/10 overcast.
G. TYPE OF ENEMY AIRCRAFT:    ME 109.
H. ENEMY CASUALTIES:    (Pilot's claim):    1 - ME 109 Destroyed.


I. ACCOUNT OF COMBAT (In narrative form, stressing ours and enemy's tactics.)
    I was flying the lead ship in the second flight of our squadron which was leading the formation.  We were met head on by a number, 30 plus, of Me 109's and after the attack, I dropped my belly tanks and turned to the right to engage the enemy.  Noticed 4 P-38's about 2 miles behind toward home being attacked by 2 E/A at about 2,000 ft. below me so I started a gentle dive with moderate power and then saw one P-38 go down through the overcast which appeared shot down.  The 3 remaining P-38's continued evasive action with the E/A still on their tails.  One of the P-38's broke left so I started my attack on the E/A on his tail.  Gave a moderate burst at 300 yds and saw several hits.  Dropped flaps to stay turning and gave another short burst as I mushed by at 75 yds.  Pulled up and saw white smoke coming out of the E/A as he spun through the clouds.

/s/ & /t/ CHET A. PATTERSON,
Captain, Air Corps.

I was covering an element led by Col. JAMES who was having engine trouble.  An E/A was behind us out of range, but closing in slowly, so I weaved over the element until the E/A approached within range when I called to the Colonel to break.  He did not break and, finally with the E/A firing on me, I had to break alone.  E/A followed until engaged by flight of Capt. PATTERSON whereupon smoke and small flame appeared from E/A which I last saw spinning into the overcast.

/s/ & /t/ JOSEPH P. MARSIGLIA,
Captain, Air Corps.

COPY

CONFIDENTIAL

Return to Maj. Chet A. Patterson's page

Return to Capt. Joseph P. Marsiglia's page

Return to the Encounter Reports page