4th Fighter Group 03/29/1944
FOURTH FIGHTER GROUP
A.P.O. 637 U.S. ARMY
PILOTS PERSONAL COMBAT REPORT
VIII Fighter Command F.O. 284
B. 29 March, 1944
C. 335th Fighter Squadron
D. 1410 to 1425 hours
E. Gifhorn Area
F. 6 to 8/10 cumulus at 2 to 9,000 feet
H. Two FW-190’s Destroyed
One FW-190’s Destroyed (shared with unidentified person)
I. I was flying Greenbelt White 3 giving target support to the first Air Task Force, when approximately 7 FW-190’s flying line astern were sighted on our left. We broke into them and they ran into the clouds and started down. We chased them through the top of one cloud; they turned and flew down a valley between two clouds. I closed to good range and fired at one and he went into the cloud with me right behind him. When we came out of the cloud a few seconds later, I found myself overshooting badly. As I overshot I could see that the prop was just windmilling and the cockpit was empty. Lt. Godfrey of 336th Squadron claims to have seen this man bail out.
I fired at another in quite a tight turn and saw him flick and go into the deck. I can’t say whether this FW-190 crashed due to my fire or whether it was due to his trying to tighten his turn enough to evade and flicked out and couldn’t recover. However, I did see strikes on this A/C.
Major Carpenter and I chased two more FW-190’s on the deck and I fired at one and observed strikes. I ran out of ammunition and pulled up and behind to give cover. Someone came in and finished destroying this A/C. I claim this A/C as destroyed, shared with an unidentified person.
Lt. Godfrey of 336th Squadron came in from behind and attacked the other FW-190 from line astern and strikes were seen all over. He crashed into the deck and exploded upon hitting the ground.
Later, Major Carpenter attacked an Me-109 and he crashed landed in a ploughed field. Before he crash-landed, he had one wheel partly down. As he crash-landed, he dug his left wing into the ground and crumpled it badly.
A/C Used: P-51B 10NA 43-7181
Ammunition used: 1280 rnds 50 Cal. A.P.I. & T.
CHARLES F. ANDERSON,
1ST 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.
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