4th Fighter Group 03/23/1944
FOURTH FIGHTER GROUP
A.P.O. 637, U.S. ARMY
Pilot’s Personal Combat Report
VIII Fighter Command F.O. 278
- 23 March 44
- 334 Fighter Squadron
- 1110 – 1115 hours
- Munster area
- Haze under cloud
- FW 190 and Balloon
- 1 FW 190 Destroyed – 1 Balloon Destroyed
I was flying Pectin Green 3. At R/V the bombers were under attack. Upon seeing us, the Huns broke down to the deck. I picked a FW 190 and gave chase. I easily overtook him in the dive, and he immediately went into a tight turn at tree-top level. An Me 109 joined in the scrap but couldn’t draw deflection, broke off his attack and climbed a thousand feet above. The FW 190 leveled out and I fired a couple seconds of fire into him. Large pieces were observed coming off. I killed the pilot or shot away his controls for he plunged right into the ground and exploded. This pilot kept his belly tank on throughout the whole engagement. The Me 109 came down and I finally worked around in back of him. He went into a cloud and came out on top, as I was closing in. Two FW 109s joined in the fight from above, so I let down into the cloud and flew on my instruments for 10 minutes. Broke through cloud and climbed to 20,000 feet, joined up with another P-51 and set course for home. We came across a barrage balloon, near Wesel, flying at 18,000 feet. Fired two long bursts into it. When we left, it was starting to descend very slowly.
510 rounds fired.
1st Lt., Air Corps
Official US Army Air Forces Combat Report by Nicholas Megura of the 4th Fighter Group. This material is a transcription of official reports-testimonials of Nicholas Megura's combat experience.
Nicholas Megura: Personnel File
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