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PILOT'S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT
 

A. Combat (Ground Attack).
B. 9 April 1945
C. 343rd Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
D. 1650.
E. Furstenfeldbruck Airfield.
F. CAVU.
G. Me 109's and He 177.
H. Two (2) Me 109's Destroyed on the Ground - Capt. Robert E. Welch, O-705651
     One (1) He 177 Destroyed on the Ground - Capt. One Robert E. Welch, O-705651

     One (1) Me 109 Destroyed on the Ground - 2nd Lt. Donald E. Adams, O-811298
     One (1) Me 109 Damaged on the Ground - 2nd Lt. Donald E. Adams, O-811298

I. After setting course for home from our attacks on the aircraft dispersed on the autobahn, my wingman, Lt. Adams, and myself passed to the north of Furstenfeldbruck airfield just as the bombers released their load.  This was the ideal time to make an attack on the field, so after circling once to the left, Lt. Adams and I made a pass NW to SE on approximately 14 aircraft parked east to west, east of the refuelling point on the north side of the field.  I line dup on an Me 109 and got strikes on the engine and wing roots; the aircraft burst into flames immediately.  We made another pass from east to west along the same line of aircraft.  There were two fires burning as we came back over the parked aircraft on our second pass.  I lined up on an He 177 and got many strikes on the aircraft, pieces began flying off the cowling and cockpit area; the 177 blew up literally in my face.  An Me 109 was parked close to the 177; I got strikes on the engine and fuselage of this aircraft, and it immediately burst into flames.  There was no flak during any of these passes.  I claim two Me 109's and one He 177 destroyed on the ground.

J. Ammunition expended - 900 rounds (including those expended on autobahn).

ROBERT E. WELCH,
O-705651, Capt., Air Corps.

STATEMENT

On our first pass over the field Capt. Welch set fire to an Me 109 as the result of many strikes centered about the engine and wing roots.  On the second pass Capt. Welch fired a short burst and an He 177 exploded; he flew through the explosion and fired at an Me 109 sitting next to the 177, it was left burning also.  I confirm two Me 109's and one He 177 destroyed by Capt. Welch.

DONALD E. ADAMS,
O-811298, 2nd Lt., Air Corps.

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I.  On our course away from the autobahn, Capt. Welch, whose wing I was flying, and I ran across Furstenfeldbruck Airfield.  We observed about 30 to 40 aircraft parked all over the field.  Capt. Welch called and said we would attack it.  Our first pass was on a concentration of about 15 aircraft, S/E and T/E, parked along the NE dispersal; we attacked from NW to SE.  I was on Capt. Welch's right wing and chose an Me 109 parked all alone and a little south of the refueling [sic.] point.  I fired a long burst observing strikes all over the aircraft from the tail to the engine.  As I passed over it I could see smoke and flame coming from the engine.  As we came back on our second pass I could see this 109 burning fiercely.  We pulled out to eh east of the airfield about two or three miles and did a 180 for the second pass.  I was pretty far behind Capt. Welch at that time.  This pass was from east to west with Capt. Welch on the aircraft in the NE dispersal; I was mid-field.  I found an Me 109 as a target parked west of mid-field.  I fired a long burst, but even though I got strikes all over the aircraft I could not get it to burn.  I claim one Me 109 destroyed and one Me 109 damaged.

J. Ammunition expended - 1700 rounds.

DONALD E. ADAMS,
O-811298, 2nd Lt., Air Corps.

STATEMENT

On our first pass over the airfield I saw Lt. Adams get many good strikes on an Me 109 and saw the aircraft start to burn.  I confirm this 109 as destroyed by Lt. Adams.

ROBERT E. WELCH,
Capt., Air Corps.

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