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PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT


A. Engagement
B. 5 January, 1944
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. Approximately 1135
E. About ten miles west of Kiel.
F. CAVU
G. Me210
H. No claim
I.     I was leading the second element of White Flight and we were about ten miles west of Kiel at about 26,000 to 28,000 ft. It was about 1135 and the first box of bombers were just starting their straight run into the target when we crossed over the top of a number of Me210s. Three Me210s crossed below me and a little out in front of me. I dipped my wing down and fired at the last e/a in a three ship V because he was straggling back. I did not see any results. I fired just a short burst and then straightened up in formation. At this same time there were three e/a coming in on our formation from the right and there were about 25 plus e/a to our left and above us.
It seemed that the single engine e/a were giving top cover to the twin engine e/a.

DELORN L. STEINER
1st Lt. Air Corps

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