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PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Engagement
B. 31 December 1943
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group
D. 1210
E. Near Bordeaux
F. CAVU above, 4-6/10ths middle clouds.
G. Me109
H. None
I. I was number two man in Swindle Yellow (sic) flight led by Lt. Leve. We were at 23,000 ft. covering box of B-17's at 18000 feet, on bombing run, when Lt. Leve observed a lone e/a attacking box from dead astern.  An attack was ordered by Lt. Leve.  The e/a saw us coming and broke sharply to the right and rolled over on his back, passing directly under us.  I was unable to get sufficient lead and saw no hits as I let a burst go at 80 degree deflection and 150 yards.  We broke off and pulled up and the e/a split s'd for the deck.
 

A. H. WOODS
2nd Lt. Air Corps


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