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PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Combat.
B. 10 February, 1944.
C. 338th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. 1. 1135 to 1145, 2 and 3. 1215.
E. 1. Brunswick, Germany. 2 and 3. Rheine, Germany.
F. 4/10ths low clouds.
G. Me 110.
H.    1. One (1) Me 110 destroyed.
        2. Gun installation destroyed.
        3. Hangar riddled.
I.   While Blue Flight Leader and wingman were making an attack on two Me 110's, I was leading the second element and covered their attack. Upon completion of this attack I dove on an Me 110, which was doing violent evasive action by diving, skidding and slipping. I had a deflection shot of 20 degrees at 300 yards and saw strikes on fuselage. I did not notice results of the damage as I had to use trim tabs to pull the ship out of a dive. Blue Flight Leader picked me up around 12,000 feet after I had started to climb, and covered my climb.

I picked a target of opportunity on my way home, which was an airport in the vicinity of Rheine, Germany. I blew gunner out of an anti-aircraft emplacement and secured numerous hits on hangar.
 

 

LOREN L. ODEGARD,
1st Lt., Air Corps.

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