PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT
B. 18 March, 1944.
C. 343rd Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. Approximately 1800.
E. Area SE of Strasbourg between Rheine and Neckar Rivers.
F. Cirrus and haze up to 22,000 feet.
G. FW 190.
H. One (1) FW 190 Damaged.
I. I was flying Careful White 4 at about 17,000 feet at approximately 1800, when we sighted 6 e/a coming in head-on. The two on the right were flying line abreast and a good distance apart. The other four together were dispersed in different directions. Our flight fired at them at approximately 300 yards at 17,000 feet altitude. One of the two e/a together on the right of the other four broke up and flew over our formation, and the second made a half roll but rolled out in a sloppy manner causing him to skid and lose about 200 feet. He then started into about a 45 degree dive. Our flight made a turn to the right, and I was on the inside of the turn and dropped down about 100 feet. I saw the 190 less than [illegible] feet down and about [illegible] feet away. I dropped my nose putting my pipper about 1-1/2 of a radii ahead of his, fired a 5 second burst, and let him fly through my fire. I could have gotton on his tail, but did not know whether I had top cover, so I immediately broke off the attack by reversing my turn and coming back up in formation.
I figure he was going about 200 MPH. I fired about [illegible] degree deflection when almost on my back. The range was about [illegible] to 700 feet.
I claim one FW 190 damaged.
FRANK J. LEONE,
2nd Lt., Air Corps.
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