PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT
B. 24 February 1944
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group
D. About 1350
E. Vicinity of Gotha
G. Two Me109's
I. I was flying number 4 in Swindle Blue Flight, at approximately 26,000 ft. in the vicinity of Gotha, when four (4) FW190's followed by two (2) Me109's, made a pass at us. Lt. Des Voignes attacked one of the Me109's and I took the other. At 5 to 600 yards I opened fire at 30 deg deflection, but observed no hits. The e/a half-rolled and I followed him to 20,000 ft. when I had to break off due to severe buffeting.
When we were leaving the target area, a lone P-38 was being bounced by three (3) e/a. Swindle Blue Leader turned to help him and I followed my element leader, Lt. Des Voignes, on a bounce on one Me109. At 600 yards, 20 deg deflection, I fired a short burst but saw no strikes. The e/a then made a sharp turn to the right and was last seen in a steep dive. We broke off the attack when our Group Leader gave the order to return home.
NOAH R. TIPTON,
2nd Lt., Air Corps.
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