CONFIDENTIAL

 

ENCOUNTER REPORT

A)

COMBAT.

B)

7 OCTOBER 1944.

C)

412TH FIGHTER SQUADRON, 373RD FIGHTER GROUP.

D)

1020 HOURS.

E)

15 MILES SE OF BONN AND NEAR THE LENZ AIRFIELD. ONE MILE EAST OF

THE RHINE.

F)

HIGH THIN OVERCAST, 7/10 TO 8/10 AT 20,000 FEET. VISIBILITY

UNLIMITED.

G)

FW-190.

H)

1 - FW-190 DESTROYED.

I)

    I WAS FLYING TURMOIL RED 2 AND HAD REACHED 12,000 FEET AFTER

A DIVE BOMBING RUN ON OUR TARGET. THE TOP COVER FLIGHT, BLUE

FLIGHT, HAD SIGHTED AND WERE INVESTIGATING SOME UNIDENTIFIED AIR-

CRAFT AT APPROXIMATELY 25,000 FEET. BLUE LEADER AT THIS TIME

IDENTIFIED THEM AS E/A, 190'S AND 109'S THAT THEY WERE ATTACK-

ING. I OBSERVED ABOUT 15 AIRCRAFT AT THAT TIME IN A DOG FIGHT.

I SAW ONE E/A EXPLODE AND TWO OTHER E/A DIVING AND SPINNING, ONE

OF WHICH WAS IN FLAMES. THEY MUST HAVE BEEN DESTROYED BY BLUE

FLIGHT AS THEY WERE THE ONLY FLIGHT AT THAT ALTITUDE AT THAT TIME.

    I WAS ON TURMOIL LEADERS WING, WHO AT THAT TIME SPOTTED AND

GAVE CHASE TO A FW-190. HOWEVER, WE LOST SIGHT OF HIM AND SPOTTED

ANOTHER HEADED EAST AND DIVING AT ABOUT A 60 DEGREE ANGLE. WE GAVE

CHASE AND HE LED US ACROSS AN AIRFIELD AND STARTED IN A LUFBERRY

TO THE LEFT. THE AA ON THE FIELD SHOT AT US CONTINUOUSLY. CAPT.

BATES, MY LEADER, FIRED A COUPLE OF BURST AT THE E/A BUT I OBSERV-

ED NO HITS. THE E/A KEPT TURNING BACK AND FORTH AND AT ONE TIME

CAPT. BATES OVERSHOT AND WAS OUT TO THE RIGHT AND AHEAD. I TURNED

IN AN GAVE THE E/A A GOOD BURST AT LARGE DEFLECTION AND OBSERVED

HITS ON THE RIGHT WING AND FUSELAGE. HE STRAIGHTENED OUT AND ROL-

LED OVER AND WAS ON HIS BACK AND HEADED FOR CAPT. BATES. THEY HAD

ABOUT 300 FEET OF ALTITUDE AND WERE BOTH FIRING. THE E/A PASSED

OVER CAPT. BATES' SHIP AND DOVE FOR THE GROUND IN AN INVERTED

POSITION. HE CRASHED SOUTH OF LENZ AIRFIELD.

    CAPT. BATES AND I WERE TOGETHER AGAIN AND CLIMBING WHEN WE

SIGHTED ANOTHER FW-190 AT ABOUT 6,000 FEET. WE CONTINUED CLIMBING

AND CIRCLED TO ABOUT 4,000 FEET AT WHICH TIME THE E/A STARTED DOWN

AND TURNED INTO US. WE STARTED INTO ANOTHER LUFBERRY AND HE WAS

CLOSING IN ON ME. I RACKED AS TIGHT AS I COULD. THE E/A GOT ONE

BURST AT ME, BUT I COULD SEE HE COULDN'T HIT ME. I STALLED IN MY

TURN AT ABOUT 2,000 FEET AND DOVE FOR THE GROUND. I PULLED OUT

AND CLIMBED RAPIDLY TO ABOUT 3,000 FEET. I HAD NOTICED THE E/A

WAS STILL IN A LUFBERRY WITH CAPT. BATES. I DOVE AT THE E/A BUT

MISJUDGED AND BY THE TIME I WAS IN RANGE THE DEFLECTION WAS TOO

GREAT FOR A LONG BURST. I GOT IN A SHORT BURST AND NOTICED A FEW

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HITS ON THE RIGHT WING. HAVING PLENTY OF SPEED I CLIMBED

AGAIN AND GOT IN A GOOD POSITION FOR ANOTHER PASS. THEY

WERE STILL IN A LUFBERRY AND WERE RIGHT ON THE DECK. THE

E/A WAS FIRING INTERMEDIATE BURSTS AT CAPT. BATES, EACH

TIME HE CAME A LITTLE NEARER TO HITTING HIM. I CAME DOWN

AGAIN AND FIRED AT THE E/A. I OBSERVED HITS ON THE ENGINE

AND COCKPIT. HE CONTINUED A SLIGHT TURN AND DOVE FOR THE

GROUND. HE WAS SMOKING SLIGHTLY BEFORE HE CRASHED NEAR A

RAILROAD TRACK AND EXPLODED.

 

    I CLAIM ONE FW-190 DESTROYED AND CONFIRM ONE DESTROYED

BY CAPT. BATES.

I)

1263 ROUNDS, .50 CALIBRE.

ALBERT L. HAGG, JR.

2ND LT., AIR CORPS.


 

 

 


Declassified
On public record at the National Archives
Courtesy of David Schwartz - Nephew of 373rd CO (15 Aug 43 - 17 Nov 44) William  H. Schwartz, Jr.

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