CONFIDENTIAL

PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

A. Combat
B. 02 November 1944
C. 338th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group
D. Approximately 1230.
E. 20 miles northwest of Leipzig, Germany.
F. 10/10 low cloud - Base 2,000 feet, Top layer of clouds about 6,000 feet.
G. Me 109.
H. One (1) Me 109 Destroyed, Pilot killed.
I.  I was flying Blue 3 at 28,000 feet, when bandits were called in. The Squadron made a 180 degree turn toward the area of encounter.  Our flight began a spiral, and at about 10,000 feet I saw the e/a below me, just above the bottom layer of clouds.  I went after him "balls out".  I closed in to about 25 yards, and as I fired a short burst, he broke hard to the left and snapped.  He started to spin, and I followed him through the clouds.  He never pulled out but went straight into the ground.  I then pulled back through the clouds.  I claim one (1) Me 109 destroyed and the pilots killed.

J. Ammunition expended - 383 Rounds.
 

SAM D. GEVORKIAN
1/Lt., Air Corps.

STATEMENT

I was flying Blue Leader when my second element got separated, I found them again just in time to witness the above encounter.  I confirm Lt. Gevorkian's claim of one Me 109 destroyed.

WILLIAM H. BURNS
Capt., Air Corps.


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