Charles Yeager

357th Fighter Group 09/13/1944


PILOT:  CHARLES E. YEAGER, 1st Lt, AC, O-887005



B.  13 September 1944                   Field Order #566

C.  363rd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group

D.  1245


F.  C A V U

G.  Me. 109

H.  One Me. 109 destroyed

I.  I was leading Cement Blue Flight when I spotted a Me. 109 diving straight down around 15,000 feet.  I rolled over and was pulling around 70”Hq.  I caught the E/A on the deck diving around 450 to 500 M.P.H.  I closed up fast and started firing around 300 yards.  I observed strikes on engine and fuselage.  The engine started smoking and windmilling.  I overshot.  Lt GAILER fired at him until the E/A attempted to belly in.  The E/A exploded when it hit the ground.  I took a picture of the crash.

I was using a K-14 sight and it is very satisfactory.  The pattern is much too spread on the P-51D.

I claim one Me. 109 destroyed (shared with 2nd Lt. FRANK L. GAILER)

J.  Ammunition Expended:  731 rounds .50 cal MG.



1st Lt, AC.



Official US Army Air Forces Combat Report by Charles Yeager of the 357th Fighter Group. This material is a transcription of official reports-testimonials of Charles Yeager's combat experience.

Combat Reports

Charles Yeager's official WW2 combat report of 03/04/1944
Charles Yeager's official WW2 combat report of 09/13/1944
Charles Yeager's official WW2 combat report of 10/12/1944
Charles Yeager's official WW2 combat report of 11/06/1944
Charles Yeager's official WW2 combat report of 11/27/1944

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