Alexander Rafalovich

4th Fighter Group 01/14/1944


HEADQUARTERS

FOURTH FIGHTER GROUP

A.P.O. 637, U.S. ARMY

 

PILOT’S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT

VIII Fighter Command 217 F.O.

 

  • Combat
  • 14 Jan 44
  • 334 Fighter Squadron
  • 1515 – 1520 hours
  • Soissons area
  • Low slight haze. Visibility good.
  • FW 190
  •  One (1) FW 190 Destroyed, shared with Lt. Whalen.

I.             

               I was flying Green 3, near Soissons, when Pectin Squadron bounced a formation of FW 109s at 8,000 to 17,000 feet below us. I attacked a FW 190 at rear of formation. Seeing no results from a short burst—I gave one ring of deflection. I observed severe strikes on both wings and closed in to 100 yards astern. I saw fire coming from engine and pulled away to avoid explosion. This action is confirmed by Captain Mills. Lt. Whalen came from behind—slightly astern. Claim—one (1) FW 190 Destroyed, shared with Lt. Whalen.

 

Ammunition                                                                                                      

371 rounds

 

A. Rafalovich                

1st Lt., Air Corps.

 

               I was leading Pectin Squadron as White 1. I observed Lt. Rafalovich close on this FW 190 firing. The E/A burst into flames, the pilot baling out shortly afterwards. E/A hit the deck and exploded on my port side.

 

H. L. Mills

Captain, Air Corps.

 


Official US Army Air Forces Combat Report by Alexander Rafalovich of the 4th Fighter Group. This material is a transcription of official reports-testimonials of Alexander Rafalovich's combat experience.

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