John Godfrey

4th Fighter Group 12/01/1943



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



VIII Fighter Command F.O. 194


  • Engagement
  • December 1, 1943
  • 336 Fighter Squadron
  • 1140
  • 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.


AMMUNITION EXPENDED                                                                            

392 AP

252 Inc


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.

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