PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT
B. 5 January 1944.
C. 338th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
E. Neumunster, Germany.
G. Me 109.
H. One (1) Me 109 Destroyed.
I. I was leading our Squadron and White Flight at 25,000 feet, when eight Me 109's were seen in the distance up-sun at about 32,000 feet. We started climbing with a sweeping left turn into the sun. Six Me 210's, apparently decoys, were below us, but we refused the bait and continued climbing, as the Me 109's circled above waiting for an opening. Our flight got into the sun, and the Me 109's, apparently having lost sight of us, came down on the tails of the flight ahead at about 11 or 12 o'clock to us. I fired a one-second burst with no results seen on one Me 109, which disappeared under me, so I leveled (sic.) on the tail of another Me 109 ahead and a little to the left. I closed to 150 yards, firing about a seven or eight second burst, and saw strikes from back of the cockpit moving forward along the fuselage with small explosions and several small pieces falling off the E/A. I had to pull up to the right to avoid collision with another Me 109 coming from above and my cockpit filled with smoke coming from my target so no further results were observed. I claim one (1) Me 109 destroyed. (see statement below).
CHARLES O. JONES,
Major, Air Corps.
I was in No.2 position of White flight led by Major Jones. At 29,000 feet 8 Me 109's attacked the flight ahead from above, diving with high speed across our path. We attacked and I saw Major Jones fire, closing to 150 yards, on a (sic.) Me 109 which started smoking, burst into flames and spin down out of control.
ROBERT K. FRUH,
2nd Lt., Air Corps.
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