20th Fighter Group 11/02/1044
LT. JOSEPH L. MANSKER
B. 2 NOVEMBER 1944
C. 55TH FIGHTER SQUADRON, 20TH FIGHTER GROUP
D. APPROX. 1310 HOURS.
E. HALLE/MERSEBURG ARE
F. 9/10 CLOUD COVER
G. 3 ME 109
H. 2 ME 109 DESTROYED
1 ME 109 PROBABLY DESTROYED
I WAS LEADING HQS. YELLOW FLIGHT. WE WERE AT 28 OR
29,000 FEET HEADED SE WHEN I SAW 2 GAGGLES OF 75/100 E/A EACH – ONE GAGGLE BEHIND THE OTHER. COL. MONTGOMERY TOOK HIS FLT. DOWN ON THE FIRST GAGGLE AND BROKE UP THEIR ATTACK ON THE BOMBERS. I TOOK MY FLIGHT DOWN ON THE SECOND GAGGLE AND PICKED OUT AN A/C IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GAGGLE. I CLOSED TO POINT BLANK RANGE, FIRING AS I CLOSED. THE E/A FLIPPED OVER AND PERHAPS ATTEMPTED A SPLIT S. THE PILOT BAILED OUT ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. I CLAIM ONE (1) ME 109 DESTROYED.
I CHANDELLED UP TO THE RIGHT THRU THE GAGGLE AND THEY BROKE TO THE LEFT – SPOILING AN IMMINENT ATTACK ON OUR BOMBERS. THE WHOLE GAGGLE STARTED A 360° TURN TO GET BACK TO ATTACK THE BOMBERS. ABOUT HALF SPLIT S’D AND WENT TO THE DECK – THE OTHER HALF STARTED A DRIVE FOR THE BOMBERS AGAIN. WE WERE ABOVE THEM ABOUT 3,000 FEET. I LED MY FLIGHT DOWN FOR ANOTHER PASS ON THESE ME 109’S. I PICKED ONE OUT AND FIRED, OBSERVING STRIKES IN THE WING AND FUSELAGE. I SAW DEBRIS FALL AWAY FROM PLANE AFTER MY ATTACK, BUT I HAD TO PULL AWAY.
I CLAIM ONE (1) ME 109 PROBABLY DESTROYED.
I LOST MY WING MAN AND I CLIMBED FOR ALTITUDE. I WAS TO THE RIGHT AND HIGH, BEHIND THE LAST BOX OF B-17’S. I SAW E/A MAKING ATTACKS ON THE BOMBERS. I IMMEDIATELY WENT DOWN AND ATTACKED ONE WHO WAS MAKING A PASS ON A B-17 TAIL. I OPENED FIRE AND CLOSED IN ON THE ME 109 AS HE WAS FIRING AT THE BOMBER. I ATTACKED FROM DEAD ASTERN, FIRING AS I CLOSED. I SAW MANY STRIKES ALL OVER THE E/A. SMOKE POURED FROM THE ME 109 AND HE STARTED A GENTLE DIVING TURN TO RIGHT, SMOKING BADLY. FLAK WAS HEAVY AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME SO I DID NOT FOLLOW HIM DOWN. I CLAIM ONE (1) ME 109 DESTROYED.
J. SER NO OF A/C: 44-14749
A/C MARKINGS : KI-X
AMMO EXPENDED: 814 RDS 50 CAL.
2 ME 109S DESTROYED
1 ME 109 PROBABLY DESTROYED.
JOSEPH L. MANSKER
1ST LT., A.C.
I CONFIRM THE FIRST CLAIM MADE BY LT. MANSKER. I SAW THE PILOT BAIL OUT OF THE A/C.
HARLEY L. BROWN
2ND LT., A.C.
DEAN E. ERLANDSON
Official US Army Air Forces Combat Report by Joseph Mansker of the 20th Fighter Group. This material is a transcription of official reports-testimonials of Joseph Mansker's combat experience.
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