359th Fighter Group 10/24/1944
PILOTS PERSONAL ENCOUNTER REPORT
- 24 October, 1944
- 368th Fitr Sq, 359th Fitr Gp.
- Vicinity Nordhausen, Germany
- Thick haze, poor visibility, overcast to ground.
- FW 190
- 1 FW 190 destroyed, 1 loco damaged, 1 barge damaged, and 1 truck damaged.
I was yellow two when we let down over target area. I lost the rest of the flight in the haze and I began to search for a target. I made 3 passes on a barge in a canal and observed strikes. I then made 3 passes on a large truck and observed strikes. On the last pass I observed smoke coming out of the front of the truck. I then flew SW for about 5 minutes along a railroad and made 3 passes on a lone locomotive, observing strikes on every pass. I then started West still on the deck. I saw 10 or 12 barrage ballons at about 500 feet. I pulled up to the right and started to join up with a plane which I though was one of my buddies, until I was close enough to see the marking on his vertical finn. I dropped flaps and slid in trail with him at close range. I gave him about a 3 second burst and observed strikes in the right wing and tail section. I also observed white smoke coming from this plane. He started a medium turn to the left increasing his bank and dive. He crashed in a field and burnt.
I claim 1 FW 190 destroyed. 1 loco damaged, 1 barge damaged, and 1 truck damaged.
- Serial No. of A/C: 6693
A/C a Markings: CV-M
Ammunition Expended: 1060 rds API.
BOYD N. ADKINS, JR.,
F/O, Air Corps.
1st Lt. Air Corps,
Official US Army Air Forces Combat Report by Boyd Adkins of the 359th Fighter Group. This material is a transcription of official reports-testimonials of Boyd Adkins's combat experience.
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