A. Combat.
B. 2 November 1944.
C. 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. 1235.
E. Approximately 10-45 miles west of Merseburg.
F. 10/10ths low clouds with tops at3500, broken high clouds becoming solid to our East (between 30-33,000 feet).
G. Me109.
H. One (1) Me109 destroyed. (shared with Lt. Matney).
I.  I was flying Hellcat White 3 at 32,000 feet when we saw 10 to 15 Jerries jump the bombers under us at about 27,000 feet.  We peeled off and made our bounce on the E/A right after they hit the bombers from the rear.  I took after one Me 109 that was in a steep diving turn to the left and fired a short deflection shot at him at a long range but didn't observe any hits.  By this time we were going almost straight down.  My controls were starting to get stiff from too much speed, so I pulled out at about 6,000 feet.  My wingman, Lt. Matney, followed him down to about 4,500 feet (the indicated altitude of the top of the cloud cover).  The Me109 went into the cloud in a vertical dive at better than 500 MPH.  At that speed, plus the fact that the true altitude at the combat arena was 3,500 feet - the E/A didn't have a chance to recover.  Therefore, as a result of this combat, I make a claim of one (1) Me109 destroyed to be shared with Lt. Matney.

J. Ammunition expended - 300 rounds.

1st Lt.- Air Corps.


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