CONFIDENTIAL

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Combat.
B. 24 February, 1944.
C. 338th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. 1321.
E. About 10 miles west of Gotha, Germany.
F. CAVU.
G. Me 109.
H.    One (1) Me 109 Destroyed.
I.   I engaged one Me 109 immediately after R/V. He 'split S'ed', and as I was climbing back up to rejoin the group I saw a 109 on the tail of a P-38. The P-38 was taking evasive action, but before I could get within range of the E/A, he had hit the right engine of the P-38. I opened fire on the 109 at 600 yards, 90 degrees deflection and closed to 300 yards, 30 degrees deflection. The E/A broke off combat with the other P-38 and 'split S'ed' down. I followed and closed to dead astern at 200 yards and fired several 1/2 second bursts. It was impossible to observe close results, as each time I fired my windshield would fog up and completely obscure my vision. When I reached 12,000 feet, I saw another Me 109 coming in on me, and he was firing. I broke off combat and turned into him. The combat described started at 25,000 feet and ended at 12,000 feet. I claim one Me 109 destroyed (see statement below).

ANTHONY J. TINTO,
2nd LT., AIR CORPS.

STATEMENT

I saw the above combat. After Lt. Tinto got on the tail of the Me 109 going down, he secured several hits at wing roots and tail surface of the Me 109, and just as Lt. Tinto broke off combat to turn into the second Me 109, I observed a burst of flame from the E/A, and when I last saw it, he was still going down smoking heavily. I was unable to follow progress of the E/A as I had to turn with my flight. I last saw the E/A at about 5,000 feet.

STANLEY P. RICHARDSON
2nd Lt., Air Corps.

CONFIDENTIAL

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