4th Fighter Group 12/01/1943
FOURTH FIGHTER GROUP
A.P.O. 637, U.S. ARMY
PILOTS ENGAGEMENT REPORT
VIII Fighter Command F.O. 194
- December 1, 1943
- 336 Fighter Squadron
- Ruhr Valley—15/16,000 feet.
- 8/10 to 15,000 feet.
- Two ME 109’s
- One ME 109 Destroyed; One ME 109 Damaged
I. I was flying as spare in Shirtblue Squadron and replaced Green II. Near the target on a turn to port another section slid in towards us and I had to make a sharp turn port. As I was alone I looked for another section to join up with. Down below me a lone fort was headed for home and a ME 109 was jockeying for position up sun to it. I dove down on him from up sun. He was about 15,000 feet. I closed in on him very fast from astern. I fired at 250 yards with one short burst, immediately red and white sheets of flame enveloped him. He was flying with a Belly Tank on so I figured I hit him there. I pulled up sharp to watch him go down but there was nothing left. I was climbing to altitude when I noticed another ME 109 making a turn to port. I dove and jockeyed into position behind him. I gave a one ring deflection and noticed strikes on the wing outside. I increased my deflection, firing at all times and noticed more strikes near the wing root. He kept turning all the time and disappeared in the clouds. I then headed for home. I claim One Destroyed and One Damaged.
JOHN T. GODFREY
2nd Lt., AC,
Official US Army Air Forces Combat Report by John Godfrey of the 4th Fighter Group. This material is a transcription of official reports-testimonials of John Godfrey's combat experience.
John Godfrey: Personnel File
Combat ReportsJohn Godfrey's official WW2 combat report of 12/22/1943
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