Clemens Fiedler

4th Fighter Group 04/08/1944



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


VIII Fighter Command F.O. 291


  • Combat
  • 8 April, 1944
  • 335 Fighter Squadron
  • 1400 hours
  • Wolfenbuttel area.
  • Clear
  • Me-109’s
  • Two Me-109’s Destroyed

I.             I was flying Greenbelt Red 3 in “Upper” Squadron, headed East, for rendezvous with the big Friends. We were approaching the target area when I saw and reported a “Gaggle” at 10 o’clock. We turned towards this gaggle and found about a hundred Huns flying in two boxes of fairly close vie-formation, towards the bombers. As the Group bounced these E/A, I took an Me-109 that started diving. I closed slowly at first, firing short, long-range bursts. I ceased firing and closed easily. When I fired again I was dead line-astern. I observed strikes on the tail and fuselage of this Me-109, after which this E/A emitted an enormous cloud of glycol that covered my entire plane. We were then at about 13,000 feet, and after I broke off this E/A’s tail, I observed it to spiral straight down, trailing smoke, and crash, explode and burn in a wooded area about two miles North of Celle. I did not see the pilot bail out and I claim this Me-109 destroyed.


               After this combat I climbed back to bomber (25,000 feet) level and found another Me-109 attacking a small box of B-24’s. I closed behind this E/A in a port turn. Apparently this pilot had planned to make another attack, as he began a slow pull-out after his initial attack. When I opened fire on this Me-109—(From this point on, the report has been completed by Capt. Victor H. Croxton, Squadron Intelligence Officer.) I observed immediate strikes around the cockpit and after a very short burst the pilot bailed out. I claim this Me-109 destroyed.


A/C Used:  P-51B 7Na 43-6579

Ammunition Used: 1260 rnds. 50 Cal. API & T


1st Lt., Air Corps,




Captain, Air Corps

Intelligence Officer

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

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