John Godfrey

4th Fighter Group 12/22/1943



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



VIII Fighter Command F.O. 207


  • Engagement
  • 22 December 1943
  • 336 Fighter Squadron
  • 1410
  • 15 or 20 Miles West of Munster—10,000 to 8,000 Feet
  • 10/10 Up To 7,000 Feet.
  • Two ME 109’s
  • One and One Half Destroyed.

I.      Narrative:


               I was flying Purple Two (2) in Shirtblue Squadron at 31,000 feet. Just beyond the target I noticed two (2) ME 109’s at 0900 o’clock down below. I called up my number one (1) and informed him I was going down but as my transmition (sic) was jammed he did not hear me. Meanwhile, I had split S’d down and positioned myself in back of the e/a at about 10,000 feet. As I was closing in another P-47 from Pectin Squadron, gave a short burst and hit the number Two (2) e/a in the wing and fuselage. The P-47 than pulled up leaving me in a position to fire at the e/a. I fired at 200 yards and closing in noticed strikes on the wings, fuselage and cockpit. The e/a smoking rolled over and in doing so I noticed flame coming out of the bottom of the fuselage. I think the pilot was killed as the e/a went straight down and I lost him in the clouds. I then closed in on the number one (1) and started to fire at 200 yards closing to 50 feet. I saw strikes on wings, fuselage and cockpit. Bits flew off the a/c and as I pulled up to starboard to watch him I saw flames and smoke coming from the cockpit. I watched the pilot bale out and the ME 109 went out of control through the clouds. At this time another ME 109 pulled up behind me and as he fired I felt hits on my a/c and saw tracers go by. I looked back and saw a ME 109 (with yellow nose) firing at me. As I was practically in a stall I yanked back on the stick, applied rudder and my a/c toppled over and spun down. I managed to straighten it out and pulled out of the cloud. My height at the time I straightened out was about 50 feet. (The overcast was down to 1,000 feet near the target). I tried to climb back up but my air speed tube in the wing had been hit so I had a difficult time flying instrument. I managed to get above the clouds at about 5,000 feet but due to a couple of ME 109’s who were above me I again went into the clouds and spun down to the deck and managed to get home.


               The first one I fired at I share with Lt. Wynn of Pectin Squadron. Instead of being two ME 109’s there must have been a section of four (4) because the two of us destroyed three and there was one left firing at me. I did not see Lt. Wynn’s destroyed blow up as I was watching the a/c I destroyed go down.


               I claim one and one-half ME 109’s destroyed.



1202 Rounds Inc.


JOHN T. GODFREY                 

1st 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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