Charles Anderson

4th Fighter Group 01/30/1944



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



VIII Fighter Command F.O. 227


A. Combat

B. 30 January 1944

C. 335th Fighter Squadron

D. 1135 hours

E. In the Lingen Area

F. 10/10 cloud up to 5,000 feet; thin haze up to 15,000 feet.

G. ME-109

H. One ME-109 destroyed and one ME-109 damaged, pending assessment or further confirmation.

I. I was flying Blue Four and at approximately 1125 hours we saw a large group of unidentified A/C about ten miles northwest of Lingen and went to investigate. Upon arriving we found 12 plus A/C at 26,000 feet consisting of 109’s and 190’s, and about 15 plus at about 12,000 feet. Our squadron formed a large circle and climbed to engage the upper group. When we were almost up to them, two ME-109’s dived down between my No. 3 and me. Upon seeing my A/C they started to climb immediately. I followed them up and fired at the one on the left from about 350 yards. Hits were seen and he started smoking badly and turned off to the left. As the two were flying line abreast, I could not follow the one I had fired at for fear the other one would get on my tail. So I attacked the second ME-109 but my guns on the starboard side jammed making my fire very ineffective. Strikes were observed on the fuselage and tail section and this A/C went over on its side as if to turn but continued on straight.


               At this time I saw another ME-109 turning above me, so I broke off to rejoin my section. While looking for my section I saw the first A/C spinning and burning at about 8,000 feet and was still spinning and burning as he went into a cloud. I could not find my section immediately so I joined up with Red Four until I saw my No. 3. Just before I joined Red Four he saw an A/C falling and out of control. He thinks possibly that it was the second A/C I had engaged.


               I claim one ME-109 destroyed and one ME-109 damaged.


A/C Used:  F-47D 6RE 42-74726

Ammunition Used: 845 rnds. 50 Cal. API & T


2nd. Lt., Air Corps.

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

See More

Charles Anderson: Personnel File

Combat Reports

Charles Anderson's official WW2 combat report of 03/29/1944
Charles Anderson's official WW2 combat report of 04/08/1944
Charles Anderson's official WW2 combat report of 04/12/1944

Return To Stories


Do you have WWII memorabilia that you are not sure what to do with it? The children don't want it? Then let us help you preserve this history by donating these items to the Army Air Corps Library and Museum.

We are accepting donations in the form of uniforms, medals, ribbons, patches, photos, memorabilia, papers, gear and equipment.

We also accept monetary donations to support our operations and long term plans.


This website is part of the Army Air Corps Library and Museum, and as a 501(c)(3) Non-profit, your qualifying donations are tax deductible.

Contact us if you are contemplating a donation of any kind.


Are you an AAC, AAF or USAF Veteran, family member, historian or WW2 enthusiast? We Need YOU! Contact us today to see how you can help the Army Air Corps Library and Museum, a Texas Not-For-Profit Corporation.

We need your help! We are looking for volunteers that can help us with the following tasks.

(1) Typing and Transcriptionists: One of our big projects is extracting data from the thousands of documents we have and putting this data into a database where we can display the information on a website such as this one. (2) Photography and Document Scanning.

Historical Artifacts

We are looking for photos, documents and other types of artifacts including uniforms and gear of the 8th Air Force in World War II as well as other units and commands. We accept electronic/scans or originals of pictures and paper records. A General Order could be an award document that contains information on many servicemen. Special Orders may contain transfers or other information. Flight records, accident reports, maintenance logs, after action reports, pilot encounter reports, diaries and biorgraphies; all of these types of documents help us support or mission: preserving your history! Contact us today for instructions on sending us this material.