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PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Combat
B. 11 January 1944.
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. 1245.
E. Vicinity of Dummer Lake.
F. CAVU.
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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