W Lanowski

56th Fighter Group 07/05/0944





Encounter Report

VIII Fighter Command F.O. No. 431


F/Lt. W. Lanowski                            Whippet White Two


a.  Combat (air)

b.  5 July, 1944

c.  61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group

d.  1550 hours

e.  Conches A/D

f.  6/10 cumulus at 5,000 ft.

g.  FW-190 and Me-109

h.  Me-109 destroyed

i.  I was flying White two to Lt. Col. Gabreski.  West of Conches a/d Col. Gabreski called in something on the ground and went down to investigate.  They turned out to be 2 Me-109’s, at 3,000 ft. below the clouds.  I followed one; the Col. took the other.  He dove to the deck, pulled up and went into the clouds where I lost him.  I flew southwards and between the clouds I sighted one P-47 (white nosed) being chased by one FW-190.  I told him to break and turned to intercept the 190.  However I lost them both in the clouds.  I turned left again (still at 5,000 ft.) and there right in front of me at 800 yards was one Me-109.  I headed for him from dead astern firing several long bursts.  He then went into the clouds.  See Lt. Col. Gabreski’s report for the result of my fire.

I claim one Me-109 destroyed.

j.  258 rds .50 A.P.I.



F/Lt., P. A. F.


For Confirmation see Encounter Report of Lt. Col. F.S. Gabreski.

Official US Army Air Forces Combat Report by W Lanowski of the 56th Fighter Group. This material is a transcription of official reports-testimonials of W Lanowski's combat experience.

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