John Du Four
4th Fighter Group 08/16/1943
FOURTH FIGHTER GROUP
A.P.O. 637 US Army
Pilot’s Personal Encounter Report
8 FC – FO 105
B. 16 August, 1943.
C. 336 Fighter Squadron.
D. 0930 hours.
E. 1 Mile North Paris.
G. Me 109G.
H. 1 Me 109G Destroyed
1 Me 109G Damaged
I. I was leading 336 Squadron of the Fourth Fighter Group and my position was 2000 feet above and slightly northeast of the first box of B-17’s. I noticed that enemy fighters were making headon attacks on this box of bombers, so I dove down to position directly in front of the bombers about 2000 feet and attacked with first a beam and then a large deflection shot, the second of two Me 109G’s who were just turning in to make their head-on attack. They were well out of range (approximately 700 yards) but luckily the snap shooting worked out and strikes were seen on the rear part of the 109’s fuselage. I claim this Me 109G as being damaged.
Resuming my position, I noted two more 109’s preparing an identical type of attack; this time I didn’t wait but immediately pressed forward my attack by diving slightly, throttling back and making a very steep turn to place myself where I could get a 30o deflection shot at about 300 yards range. I fired for approximately six seconds but saw no strikes or results. It was impossible for me to increase my rate of turn any further so I started to pull up to re-position myself for further opportunities. As I started to pull up, I took one last look at the 109 and saw his left wing suddenly peel back and fly off. The 109 immediately flicked into a peculiar uneven type of spin and when last seen was heading straight down completely out of control. It seemed to me that the wing broke off at about two feet from the root. My No. 2, F/O Herter, was following close behind me and saw the aircraft flick over and start on its crazy spin although he did not see the wing come off because my aircraft was in the way. I claim this aircraft as destroyed.
GLENN A. HERTER
Flighter Officer, Air Corps
JOHN G. DU FOUR
Major, Air Corps
Official US Army Air Forces Combat Report by John Du Four of the 4th Fighter Group. This material is a transcription of official reports-testimonials of John Du Four's combat experience.
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