CONFIDENTIAL

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Engagement
B. 24 February 1944
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group
D. About 1350
E. Vicinity of Gotha
F. CAVU
G. Two Me109's
H. None
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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