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PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Combat
B. 6 July 1944.
C. 338th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. 0930
E. Laon, France.
F. CAVU.
G. ME-109
H. One (1) ME-109 Damaged.
I. While leading Acron Red Flight at 15,000 feet we spotted 5 plus ME-109's on the deck directly over Laon, France.  Acorn Squadron bounced these aircraft and at first they tried the old trick of circling the airdrome 1 mile east of Laon.  Our boys drove in through the light flak of the airdrome and they headed for the wide open spaces below tree top level.  I spotted one ME-109 without a P-38 on his tail heading east, about 4 miles from Laon and dove in to attack from 5,000 feet at about 420 mph with my four ship flight.  At about 10 degrees above, dead astern, I opened fire at 200 yards getting many hits on fuselage and wing roots.  As I was over running the E/A, I was forced to pull up in a wing down loop and could not see the E/A after that.  He was smoking heavily when I broke away.  Engagement lasted 5 seconds.

I claim One (1) ME-109 Damaged.

MERLE E. BLANCHARD
Capt., Air Corps.

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