CONFIDENTIAL

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Combat.
B. 5 January 1944.
C. 338th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. 1150.
E. Neumunster, Germany.
F. Clear.
G. Me 109.
H. Destroyed one (1) Me 109.
I. I was flying No. 4 position in White Flight which made a large left turn as several Me 109's were turning in to attack. One Me 109 was below and to the left of a few E/A which were attacking the flight ahead of us. Taking advantage of my position, I went down on this Me 109 until level dead astern, fired about a 5 second burst and closed to 250 yards. Strikes were observed along the left side of the fuselage, several pieces fell off and black smoke poured from the E/A engine. I pulled up to the left with my flight to engage E/A who were above us and no further results were observed.

CLAIR E. BUSKIRK,
F/O, Air Corps.

STATEMENT

After completing my attack on a Me 109, I observed F/O Buskirk to my left and below, firing on another Me 109 which, as I pulled up to my left, I saw start to spin out of control burining and then suddenly explode.

PETER DEMPSEY,
2nd Lt., Air Corps.

CONFIDENTIAL

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