PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT
B. 31 January, 1944.
C. 338th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
E. Goch, Germany.
F. 1/10ths low clouds and haze.
G. Me 109.
H. One (1) Me 109 destroyed.
I. About ten minutes after the original bounce had been made and I had made several attacks on E/A to drive them off P-38's, I met this Me 109 head-on. The E/A was in a tight turn to the right, and I was at the same level turning to the left. Turning inside the E/A I eased my turn for deflection and fired a short burst. There were numerous strikes about three feet from the wing root on his right wing. As he went by I pulled up, looked back, and saw him spinning. He recovered and pulled out of the spin, and then a large section of his right wing fell off. He immediately started spinning again and continued to do so as I lost him in the ground haze. I claim one Me 109 destroyed.
CHET A. PATTERSON,
Capt., Air Corps.
As Captain Patterson's wing man I observed the above combat. I saw many strikes on the E/A and observed it go into the initial spin. When the pilot attempted to recover, a large section of the right wing came off, and when I last saw the E/A it was spinning into the overcast entirely out of control. As the tops of the clouds were about 1000 feet, I am certain the E/A spun in. I confirm Capt. Patterson's claim of one Me 109 destroyed.
2nd Lt., Air Corps.
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