PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT
B. 31 January 1944.
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
E. Near Venlo.
G. Me 109G.
H. One (1) Me 109G Destroyed.
I. I was flying Swindle Yellow Three on a sweep to protect dive bombing by another group when near the vicinity of Venlo we were bounced by 15 to 20 enemy aircraft from 5000 feet above. We immediately turned into them and started climbing. The enemy aircraft retained their altitude all the time and would not let us get above them. My flight, led by Captain Myers, climbed to 33,000 feet trying to get above, and, although we were holding our own, we could not get above owing to their initial advantage in altitude. Because of this, we broke off and started down to rejoin the rest of the squadron. The enemy aircraft half-rolled and came after us. My wing man, Lt. Patterson, was bounced and I called for him to break left. The enemy aircraft followed him and got strikes on his right wing. Calling Captain Myers to cover me, I broke down and got on the tail of the Me 109. My first burst from 100 yards at 28,000 feet hit him on the right side of the canopy. He immediately half rolled and started down but I half-rolled also and closed to 50 yards and observed strikes all over the plane. His empennage blew off, as did his right wingtip. After breaking away, I saw the Me 109 going down out of control. As a result, I claim one Me-109G destroyed.
1st Lieut., Air Corps.
I was Careful Red three, and when the rest of the flight aborted near the Dutch Coast, I tacked on to Careful Blue as number 4. I held this position until we were bounced by 13 Me 109's north of Venlo. When Blue Leader started climbing, I kept stalling out, so rather than stooge around at my slow speed, I went down with Lt. Brown to cover him as he attacked an Me 109. At this time he was on the tail of the enemy aircraft and I observed two cannon hits in the cockpit of the Me 109, one on the right wing and the whole tail assembly was blown off. I am certain that the pilot was killed. When last seen, the enemy aircraft was going straight down in a vertical dive completely out of control. I confirm Lt. Brown's claim of a Me 109 destroyed.
BERNIE V. GUTHRIE,
Captain, Air Corps,
During the combat I sighted an enemy aircraft making a bounce on a P-38. As he broke off I cut inside of him and started to close. About 300 yards and 45 degrees astern of him, I was just about to open fire when I noticed strikes. I turned my ship and noticed Lt. Brown about 150 yards and dead astern of the enemy aircraft. I was closing rapidly, so I got on Lt. Brown's wing and continued down. The enemy aircraft half rolled and we followed. At this time Lt. Brown gave a good burst which practically obscured the fuselage due to strike flashes. At this time several large pieces fell off the enemy aircraft. The enemy aircraft continued straight down burning fiercely.
CHET A. PATTERSON,
Captain, Air Corps.
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