PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT
B. 31 January 1944.
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
F. 1/10 low clouds and haze.
G. Me 109.
H. No claim, pending assessment of combat film.
I. I was leading the first two ships of Swindle Red Flight, having become separated from my second element, when I saw a four ship flight of P-38ís turn left 4,000 feet above. At the time I was flying at 25,000 to 27,000 feet, a few miles north of Venlo. Apparently unseen by the P-38ís, a lone Me 109 was climbing up through the vapour trails for an attack from below. About the time I made my bounce, I noticed two pieces fall off the canopy of the last plane in the P-38 flight, apparently the result of the enemy aircrafts fire. I pulled up and at 300 to 400 yards opened fire, holding it until my ship stalled out and spun. After a few moments I looked below and saw an Me 109, 3000 feet below in an uncontrollable dive, then a great ball of flame shot from the enemy aircraft and when last seen its engine and left wing were ablaze. I make no claim pending assessment of the film.
JERRY H. AYERS,
Captain, Air Corps.
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