4th Fighter Group 03/21/1944
FOURTH FIGHTER GROUP
A.P.O. 637 U.S. ARMY
Pilot’s Personal Combat Report
VIII Fighter Command W.F.O. 92
B. 21 Mar 1944
C. 334 Fighter Squadron
D. Approx 1400 hours
E. NE of Bordeaux
F. 3-4/10ths at 8,000 ft. approx.
H. 1 FW-190 Destroyed, shared with Lt. Megura
I. Narrative - - - - - -
I was flying Pectin White 3 behind Major Clark. We attacked an aerodrome first and I can confirm Major Clark’s destroyed FW 190 on the ground. I was just beginning to pull my sight on e/a when I saw many strikes and e/a burst into flames. We pulled up and had set course for home when Lt. Megura and I were semi-bounced by four FW 190s (Angels 3,000 feet). They started trying to turn with me but it was fairly easy to out turn them and I started to pull deflection on the No. 4 man. The section of four broke down and started to run on the tree tops towards the SE. I started to close on the No. 4 and observed strikes on him. He dived lower yet and I saw Lt. Megura go past me and get strikes also. The 190 started to put his wheels down in preparation for a crash-landing and I closed again, seeing strikes for the fourth time on him. It appeared he was trying to stretch his glide for he knocked some tops of the pine trees off and bounced up again. About 100-200 yards farther he attempted to get into a very small field and ran into some more trees, he then proceeded to spread the aircraft over the field and burst into flame. Claim 1 FW 190 Destroyed, shared with Lt. Megura.
957 rounds fired.
1ST Lt., 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 01/29/1944
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