PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT
B. 31 Dec. 1943
C. 38th Fighter squadron, 55th Fighter group
E. Near Bourdeaux
I. I was flying Swindle Blue 3, escorting bombers near Bordeaux, when looking to our right I noticed a Me109 attacking a box of B17's, and calling to my flight leader I broke over and dove down to attack. The e/a saw us coming down and immediately broke away and started down. I opened fire on him from 400 yds and fired a 2 second and 3 second burst at him with about 30 degree deflection. I observed no strikes and as I was not closing I broke off at 15,000 ft and zoomed back to 20,000 and rejoined the squadron.
1st Lt. Air Corps
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