CONFIDENTIAL

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT
 

A. Combat.
B. 13 September, 1944.
C. 338th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. 1215.
E. Between Gotha and Eisenach, Germany.
F. Haze.
G. Me 109.
H. One (1) Me 109 Destroyed.

I. I was flying number 3 position in Acorn Blue Flight at an altitude of approximately 25,000 feet.  Our Squadron was sweeping the area around a group of bombers, which we were escorting out of the target, when bandits were called in from ahead.  We bustered for a few seconds, then I saw the first Me 109 as he split S'd with a P-51 on his tail.  I continued my turn to the left and down, seeing a (sic.) Me 109 about 5,000 feet below me, and went after it.  My approach was high and at about a 15/10 degree angle from the left.  As I came in, the e/a began to pull up.  I began to fire from about 400 yards and held it until I got too close.  I observed many strikes from this burst.  I then pulled up to avoid hitting the e/a.  I came down and gave it a second burst; by this time the pilot had bailed out.  Both times I got good hits on fuselage and wings.  I claim one Me 109 as destroyed.

MICHAEL ALBA
1st Lt., Air Corps.

STATEMENT

We peeled off from 25,000 feet.  I followed my element leader down and in behind an Me 109.  The e/a pulled up into a steep climb.  Lt. Alba started firing from a very close range.  I saw many strikes all over the e/a, the pilot jettisoned his canopy and bailed out.  From these observations I confirm Lt. Alba's claim of one Me 109 destroyed.

RICHARD I. BARRETT,
2nd Lt., Air Corps.


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