CONFIDENTIAL

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Combat
B. 25 February 1944
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. 1350 hours.
E. Vicinity of Augsberg
F. CAVU
G. Me410
H. Probably destroyed
I. I was flying Number 4 in Swindle Yellow Flight, at approximately 26,000 feet near Ulm in the target area when an Me410 was reported at 3 o'clock to the bombers. We chased the e/a toward the Alps for approximately 3 minutes, climbing all the time, where he was hemmed in by our flight and Swindle White Flight.  The 410 made a sharp turn to the port and was bounced by Swindle White Flight.  Lt. Des Voignes, my element leader, made a turn to cut him off and I followed, getting in a 10 to 20 degree deflection shot at around 4 to 500 yards - closing to zero deflection at about 300 yards, where I broke off because of extreme buffeting at about 15,000 feet.  The burst lasted about eight seconds, and before my canopy clouded up, I noted many strikes at the root of the left wing.  When last seen the e/a's left engine was smoking and he was in a steep dive at 14,000 feet.
I claim an Me410 probably destroyed.

NOAH R. TIPTON
2nd Lt. - Air Corps


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