Duane Beeson

4th Fighter Group 01/29/1944



A.P.O. 637     U.S. ARMY


VIII Fighter Command F.O. NO 226


A. Combat

B.  29 Jan 44

C.  334 Fighter Squadron

D.  1100 hours

E.  Vicinity Aachen

F.  10/10 at 3000 feet about 500 ft. thick – 100 mi. vis. above

G.  Me 109 and FW 190

H.  1 Me 109 Destroyed & 1 FW 190 Destroyed

I.  . . . . . We sighted approximately fifteen Me 109s and FW 190s flying near the bombers and when Pectin squadron attacked them they went into a dive.  As our squadron bounced this group of enemy aircraft, I saw about six other Me 109s coming in to get on the Squadron’s tail.  Lt. Chatterley and I turned into these.  One of them put a hole in my tail-plane before we could turn onto them, but when the turn was completed I saw Lt. Chatterley on the tail of a 109, shooting and getting very good strikes.  These 109s also started to dive and I got on the tail of the nearest one, and opened fire at 250 yards, closing to about 50 yards.  I was using A.P.I. ammunition and saw very severe strikes on the fuselage and wing roots, then a large flash somewhere in the cockpit area and the enemy aircraft flicked violently to the right and went down trailing a long stream of grey-black smoke.  This combat took place from 23,000 feet down to about 15,000 feet, and the last I saw of the 109, he was going straight down through 10/10ths cloud below.

I was then alone and saw a combat going on far below so started down again when I sighted an aircraft off to starboard also diving.  When I went over to investigate he turned out to be a yellow-tailed FW 190 with a belly tank.  I don’t think he saw me as I was approaching him out of the sun, but he steepened his dive a little and I was closing on him slowly, so I fired a burst out of range trying to slow him down.  No results were seen so I continued behind him as he went into cloud at about 3,000 feet and when we came out below was about 300 yards behind.  I opened fire again and saw many incendiary strikes on his fuselage.  He dropped his nose at about 200 feet altitude and went into the deck.  I then pulled up in a zoom to 5000 feet where there were many P-47s of Greenbelt squadron and came home with them.  Claim 1 Me 109 and 1 FW 190 Destroyed.


Ammunition - A.P.I.

391 rounds fired


D W. Beeson,

1st Lt., Air Corps.


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

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