PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT
B. 8 April 1944
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
G. Me 109G.
I. I was leading Swindle Blue Flight at an altitude of 21,000 feet in the vicinity of Lingen, when I noticed five Me 109's attack a straggling B-24. One of the enemy aircraft broke off from the rest and went straight down under my flight. Calling to my flight, I immediately half-rolled and started down on him. He leveled off at 10,000 feet and I closed on him to fifty yards, hitting him with my first burst. My gun sight burned out at this time so that all I could do was get as close as possible with no deflection. The Me 109 broke left and did a barrel roll to the ground. I thought he was out of control but he straightened out and went hell bent for election inside Germany. I did a larger barrel roll around him and when he straightened out, I closed up to about twenty five yards, catching him very easily, with sixty inches and indicating 475 Mph. Notwithstanding the prop wash, I clobbered him with two more bursts and pieces were flying off his plane when he split S'ed and hit the deck from about 3000 feet. The enemy aircraft was taking evasive action by skidding and pumping the stick, but I observed numerous strikes on the fuselage and both wing roots. He was smoking badly when he dove into the ground after about two minutes of combat.
I claim one Me 109G destroyed as a result of this combat.
Captain, Air Corps.
I was flying number three in Swindle Blue Flight led by Captain Gerald Brown escorting B-24's on withdrawal in vicinity of Lingen at 22,000 feet. A straggling B-24 was attacked by several enemy aircraft, on eof which passed under our flight. Captain Brown chased the enemy aircraft to 10,000 feet closing to 100 yards and firing short bursts, which caused strikes on the wing roots and on tail of the enemy aircraft, who then half-rolled and barrel rolled at the ground and straightened out. Captain Brown again took up the chase and closed again to 100 yards or less striking intermittently the enemy aircraft, who was taking violent evasive action by rocking the nose and skidding. At 3000 feet the enemy aircraft half rolled and dived straight into a small wood and exploded. The enemy pilot jettisoned his canopy but was not seen to bail out.
DONALD E. PENN,
1st Lieut., Air Corps.
I was flying number four in Swindle Blue Flight at an altitude of 21,000 feet in the vicinity of Lingen. The enemy aircraft made one head-on pass at a straggling B-24. Captain Brown chased the enemy aircraft down to about 10,000 feet. During this time, I observed strikes on the wing roots and back of the cockpit. The enemy aircraft then half-rolled and went down to about 3000 feet, where he leveled out. Captain Brown caught him and the enemy aircraft began trailing heavy black smoke. The enemy aircraft then slowly rolled on its back and dove directly at the ground from 3000 feet, where he crashed and exploded.
JULIUS M. HUMMEL,
2nd Lieut., Air Corps.
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