PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT
B. 13 September, 1944.
C. 338th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
E. Between Gotha and Eisenach, Germany.
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.
1st Lt., Air Corps.
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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