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XyZspineZyX
09-30-2003, 10:03 PM
source: http://community-2.webtv.net/XY-MyOtherSelf/50thFGWarStories/

the combat part:

Can you describe the combat against Adolf Galland in his Me-262?

I was leading the top flight cover of P-47's that was escorting the B-26's to their target. As I gazed down, I saw 2 objects come zipping through the formation, and 2 bombers blew up immediately. I watched the 2 objects go through the bomber formation, and thought "that can't be a prop job...it's got to be one of the 262 jets."

I was at about 13,000 feet and estimated them to be at about 9-10,000. They were climbing, and I pulled a split-S towards the one that turned left, and almost ended up right on top of him - about 75 yards away!!

I gave a 3 second burst and saw strikes on the right hand engine and wing root. I was going so fast, I went right through everything, and guessed my speed at about 550 mph. I recorded it as a probable.

I was flying a D model Thunderbolt with a bubble canopy, a natural metal finish and a black nose.

The 262 had a green and brown mottled camouflage with some specs of yellow.

That turned out to be my last flight in a P-47. My total kills for the war were three, an FW-190 and an Me-109, in addition to the Me-262.
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XyZspineZyX
09-30-2003, 10:03 PM
source: http://community-2.webtv.net/XY-MyOtherSelf/50thFGWarStories/

the combat part:

Can you describe the combat against Adolf Galland in his Me-262?

I was leading the top flight cover of P-47's that was escorting the B-26's to their target. As I gazed down, I saw 2 objects come zipping through the formation, and 2 bombers blew up immediately. I watched the 2 objects go through the bomber formation, and thought "that can't be a prop job...it's got to be one of the 262 jets."

I was at about 13,000 feet and estimated them to be at about 9-10,000. They were climbing, and I pulled a split-S towards the one that turned left, and almost ended up right on top of him - about 75 yards away!!

I gave a 3 second burst and saw strikes on the right hand engine and wing root. I was going so fast, I went right through everything, and guessed my speed at about 550 mph. I recorded it as a probable.

I was flying a D model Thunderbolt with a bubble canopy, a natural metal finish and a black nose.

The 262 had a green and brown mottled camouflage with some specs of yellow.

That turned out to be my last flight in a P-47. My total kills for the war were three, an FW-190 and an Me-109, in addition to the Me-262.
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http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid79/p9141f290fa1c1c59a2dc382c77af21f3/fb1a8321.jpg


Lead Whiner for the P-47D-40, M and N and Hvars

Message Edited on 09/30/0309:04PM by Sniper762x51

XyZspineZyX
09-30-2003, 10:15 PM
Here iti is from Galland's view:

WWII: Tell us about April 26. That was your last combat flight wasn't it?

Galland:

Yes, I was shot down by a Republic P-47D flown by a man named James Finnegan, whom I met some years later, and we became friends. We were intercepting bombers near Neuberg. I was leading a flight, and I attacked from the rear, astern. My rockets did not fire, but I poured 30mm cannon shells into one bomber, which fell in flames, and flew right through the formation, hitting another. I could not tell if that bomber was finished off, so I banked around for another run, all the while my jet was receiving hits from the bombers' defensive fire. Suddenly my instrument panel disintegrated, my canopy was shattered, and my right knee was struck. I was losing power and was in great pain. I thought about parachuting out but realized that might be dangerous, as some of our pilots had been strafed upon exiting their jets. I flew for the deck and headed for this field at the air base, which was under attack. I cut the power to my good engine and thumped across the field. My nose wheel had been flattened, and smoke was pouring from my plane. I climbed out to get away, in case it should explode, only to find aircraft dropping bombs and firing rockets at me. Well, our mission netted five victories total, and none of the pilots were killed. From that point forward, B¤r took operational command, and every unit in Germany with jets began bringing them to us at Reim airfield, near Munich. For such a long time I had been begging for planes. Now that the war was almost over I had more planes than men to fly them.

XyZspineZyX
09-30-2003, 10:29 PM
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XyZspineZyX
10-01-2003, 07:18 AM
I think i posted that same thing not to long ago here.
It's also on the "old" 310th website.

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