PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT
B. 11 January 1944.
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
E. Vicinity of Dummer Lake.
G. ME 210.
H. One (1) ME 210 Damaged.
I. I was leading Swindle White flight, weaving 3,000 feet above the rear box of B-17's of the 3rd Division on withdrawal. An ME 210 was noticed just ahead and on the same level as the B-17's, closing into rocket range. Without dropping our belly tanks we nosed over and prepared for a rear attack. The E/A broke left just before we came into range and commenced violent evasive action. I fired several bursts at approximately 350 yards at a 30° deflection and close din to 250 yards at a 10° deflection. Hits were seen along the center section and right inboard wing panel. The pilot evidently jammed his controls tot he firewall, because the E/A suddenly nosed over in a vertical dive. Swindle White No. 3 and No. 4 both saw glycol pouring out of right engine.
JACK S. JENKINS
Lt. Col., Air Corps.
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