4th Fighter Group 04/08/1944
FOURTH FIGHTER GROUP
A.P.O. 637, U.S. ARMY
PILOTS PERSONAL COMBAT REPORT
VIII Fighter Command F.O. 291
B. 8 April, 1944
C. 335th Fighter Squadron
D. 1420 hours
E. Gifhorn, Germany
F. No cloud – slight haze
H. One FW-190 Destroyed
I. I was flying Greenbelt Blue one on a sweep when two large boxes of bogies were reported at 10 o’clock. We t turned onto them and they turned out to be FW-190’s and Me-109’s and they were about to attack the bombers. We dove to attack and everything was a mess for a few seconds. There were so many Jerrys and P-51’s trying to occupy the same area that it was impossible to stay behind any one plane.
Finally, I got behind a FW-190 and he dove to the deck and tried to outrun me. I chased him for about three or four minutes before I closed to firing range. I fired from more or less line astern and got quite a few strikes. The FW-190 acted as though he was going to try to crash-land while going full force. He hit the deck and many large pieces flew off and it looked as though about six feet broke off of each wing tip. He then pulled straight up to about a 1000 feet and came straight down into the deck, exploding near the edge of the town of Gifhorn.
A/C Used: F-51B 10NA 43-7181
Ammunition Used: 600 rnds. 50 Cal. API & T
CHARLES F. ANDERSON
1st. Lt., Air Corps
The action in this combat story can be seen on this DVD.
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.
Charles Anderson: Personnel File
Combat ReportsCharles Anderson's official WW2 combat report of 01/30/1944
Charles Anderson's official WW2 combat report of 03/29/1944
Charles Anderson's official WW2 combat report of 04/12/1944
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