Fletcher Adams

357th Fighter Group 05/27/1944


ENCOUNTER REPORT

CAPT. FLETCHER E. ADAMS, O-740324

 

A.  COMBAT

B.  27 MAY 1944.  F.O.$351, HQ, VIII FTR. COMMAND

C.  362ND FTR. SQDN., 357TH FIGHTER GROUP

D.  1230 D.S.T.

E.  N. OF STRASBOURG, FRANCE

F.  CAVU

G.  FW 190

H.  UNKNOWN

I.  WE WERE CLIMBING BEHIND THE FIRST BOX OF BOMBERS IN SQUADRON FORMATION.  BETWEEN 5 AND 6 E/A CAME DOWN THROUGH THE BOMBERS AND TURNED LEFT TO THE SAME HEADING THAT WE HAD.  SO WE STARTED TO CHASE THEM.  ONE WENT TO THE LEFT WITH CAPT. ENGLAND FOLLOWING AND I SAW PIECES FALL OFF THAT A/C AS CAPT. ENGLAND SHOT AT HIM.  THE SECOND ONE WENT TO THE RIGHT WITH CAPT. WILLIAMS SHOOTING AT HIM.  THERE WERE PIECES COMING OFF HIM.  THE TWO DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF US STARTED A GENTLE TURN TO THE LEFT.  THE ONE IN THE INSIDE TIGHTENED HIS TURN AND I TOLD LT. O’BRIEN TO GET HIM.  THE OTHER CONTINUED IN A GENTLE TURN AND I WAS CLOSING RAPIDLY WHEN HE TIGHTENED HIS TURN.  FOLLOWING HIM AROUND A 360 DEGREE TURN, I FIRED A DEFLECTION SHOT OF ABOUT 60 DEGREES AT 250 YDS. DOING 300 M.P.H.  I OBSERVED HITS ON HIS FUSELAGE, WINGS AND CANOPY.  HE IMMEDIATELY STARTED TO ROLL DOWN.  I CONTINUED FIRING, GOING STRAIGHT DOWN, OBSERVING HITS.  GOING STRAIGHT DOWN AT ABOUT 10,000 FT. HE SEEMED TO BE TRYING AN OUTSIDE LOOP, SO I ROLLED OUT AND WHEN I LIFTED MY WING I SAW AN EXPLOSION ON THE GROUND AND A PARACHUTE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF THE CRASH.  I MADE A PASS AT THE PARACHUTE, TAKING SOME PICTURES.

I CLAIM ONE FW 190 DESTROYED.

J.  320 ROUNDS

 

FLETCHER E. ADAMS,

CAPT., AIR CORPS

 

 


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

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