4th Fighter Group 01/29/1944
FOURTH FIGHTER GROUP
A.P.O. 637 U.S. ARMY
PILOT’S PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT
VIII Fighter Command F.O. 226
B. 29 Jan 1944
C. 334 Fighter Squadron
D. 1100 hours
E. Vicinity Aachen
F. 10/10 to 4,000 feet – 100 mi. vis. above
G. Me 109
H. 1 Me 109 Destroyed
I. . . . . . . . I was flying White 4 in Pectin Squadron behind Lt. Beeson. A formation of 12 or 16 Me 109s was seen at 1 o’clock approaching us. Our altitude was 25,000 feet and e/a were at about 24,000 feet. Captain Mills swung in line astern after the 109s began diving. I swung in behind one in the last enemy section. He immediately began to break left. My first strike was on the left wing tip at about 20,000 feet. He straightened out and dived. Many strikes were then observed around cockpit and other sections of the fuselage. Pieces flew off and the e/a went out of control and down slowly on his back, with dark smoke trailing behind. I lost sight of him as he floated, still out of control, into the clouds at 4,000 feet.
I claim one (1) Me 109 Destroyed.
811 rounds fired.
1ST Lt., Air Corps.
Confirmation – Lt. Fraser and I saw a Me 109 come down out of control from about 20,000 feet and go into the clouds as described above.
Captain, Air Corps.
Confirmation – I saw the e/a hit by Lt. Chatterley, burning and trailing a long column of black smoke about 2,000 feet before it went into the cloud above the deck and I can confirm his claim on 1 Me 109 Destroyed.
F/O, Air Corps.
Official US Army Air Forces Combat Report by Archie Chatterley of the 4th Fighter Group. This material is a transcription of official reports-testimonials of Archie Chatterley's combat experience.
Archie Chatterley: Personnel File
Combat ReportsArchie Chatterley's official WW2 combat report of 03/21/1944
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