4th Fighter Group 08/16/1943
FOURTH FIGHTER GROUP
A.P.O. 637 U.S. ARMY
Pilot’s Personal Encounter Report
8 FC - FO 105
B. 16 August, 1943
C. 335 Fighter Squadron
D. 0940 hours
E. 6-8 miles South of Paris.
F. Clear, visibility unlimited.
G. Me 109.
H. 1 Me 109 Destroyed
I. We escorted Forts to Paris as planned. I was leading White section, 335 Squadron. We covered the Forts, West to East over the target at 28,000 feet, flew South for a few miles then West about 6 or 8 miles South of Paris. I was covering the front box. I saw three Me 109’s start to attack a straggling Fort out of the sun. I was 3000 feet above enemy aircraft with my section. I went down to attack these Me 109’s. I took one enemy aircraft and my number two man, Lt. Stanhope took another. I started fire about 350 yards astern with about a 15o deflection shot. The first burst of about one second hit him in the tail or slightly behind. I moved my bead up and gave about a two or three second burst, easing fire at approximately 250 yards. I saw strikes around the cockpit, on the engine and at the wing roots on the left side of the enemy aircraft. I was closing so fast that I flew past very close to the enemy aircraft, less than 20 yards away. I saw the pilot slumped over in the cockpit and smoke and flame coming from the left side of engine cowling. Enemy aircraft started a diving turn to starboard. I then lost sight of him. I was using tracer 1 to 10 in alternate guns.
I claim one Me 109 Destroyed.
390 Rnds .50 Cal. A.P.I.
ROY W. EVANS,
Captain, Air Corps
Official US Army Air Forces Combat Report by Roy Evans of the 4th Fighter Group. This material is a transcription of official reports-testimonials of Roy Evans's combat experience.
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