343RD FIGHTER SQUADRON
55TH FIGHTER GROUP
A.P.O. 559, U.S. ARMY
Consolidated Encounter Report
|VIII Fighter Command F.O. No. 561.||Place: Airfield northeast of Augsburg|
|Date: 10 September 1944.|
After breaking escort of the bombers on the mission of 10th
September, Tudor Squadron went down to about 15,000 feet, ranging over the area
around Nurnburg and Augsburg, looking for targets of opportunity to be strafed.
At about 1215 an airdrome was sighted northeast of Augsburg, thought to be
Neuburg. There was a black macadam E-W runway about 7,500 feet long, and this
was crossed by a NW-SE runway, which was beautifully camouflaged. There were
some 20 aircraft parked about the field. Most of them were He 111’s with a few
Ju 88’s and two Me 109’s. About 10 to 12 of the He 111’s and two of the 88’s
were dispersed in a field beyond the perimeter track to the north. These were
all covered with camouflage netting garnished with leaves and branches. Along
the north boundary of this dispersed park was a row of trees, and Ju 88’s were
observed to be parked under most of the trees. The two Me 109’s and about four
He 111’s were parked on the airfield itself between the E-W runway and the
perimeter. Tudor White and Yellow flights went to the deck, circling around to
the south of the field, coming into the field from the south at tree top level.
The flights were spread out to take in almost the entire width of the airfield,
and flew about line abreast in making the strafing run. The run was made
generally from south to north. Only the one pass was made, since the flak was
quite intense. After the run White flight pulled up and to the right, Yellow
flight pulled up to the left.
Captain Brown, Tudor leader, went in over about the center of the field. He fired about a 3-second burst at an He 111 parked in the dispersed field and with a net over it. Strikes were observed on the aircraft, and after he pulled up and to the right he looked back, seeing the e/a burning furiously.
Lt. Williams clobbered a Ju 88 standing in the northwest corner of the dispersal park and an He 111 parked directly below it. The 111 was the first to go – it exploded. Lt. Fry saw the Ju 88 explode after Lt. Williams had pulled off to the right.
Lt. Fry fired a 5-second burst at two He 111’s, which were parked together between the runway and the perimeter. One was covered with a large camouflage net, but the second one was not covered. Strikes were observed on both aircraft. After the pass and as he pulled up in a turn, he looked back and saw the flash of an exploding aircraft, which he observed to be one of those he fired on. No fire or smoke was seen on the second e/a.
Lt. Mercier picked on one of the two S/E aircraft parked at the
eastern end of the airfield. He fired a 3-second burst, beginning at about 200
yards. The aircraft was identified as an Me 109 just as he flew over it. At just
about the same time it blew up and burned. Being one of the last over the field,
Lt. Mercier attests to seeing four separate fires burning on the field in
addition to the aircraft which he exploded.
Claims: One (1) He 111 Destroyed – Capt. Robert D. Brown
One (1) Me 109 Destroyed – 1st Lt. Donald L. Mercier
One (1) Ju 88 Destroyed – 1st Lt. Kenneth T. Williams
One (1) He 111 Destroyed – “ “
One (1) He 111 Destroyed – 1st Lt. David M. Fry
One (1) He 111 Damaged – “ “
ROBERT D. BROWN,
Capt., Air Corps.
|A. 1 Ju 88 Destroyed – Lt. Williams||D. 1 Me 109 Destroyed – Lt. Mercier|
|B. 1 He 111 Destroyed – Lt. Williams||E. 1 He 111 destroyed – Lt. Fry|
|C. 1 He 111 Destroyed – Capt. Brown||F. 1 He 111 Damaged – Lt. Fry|
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