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I saw many hits around the cockpit, and the aircraft fell earthward from the curn. He crashed almost straight down from where he was hie. ' The twO bombers. I gOt behind two silver-coloured Me 109s. At 75 yards I gOt scrikes all around the cockpit and wing roots. Parts well[ flying in every direction, and at 4000 ft the enemy aircraft half-rolled and well[ inco a hand. We have been living under very ea y conditions for a long time, and some of us still wall[ co be "babied". Already I hear complaincs of cloud almost straight down.

The pilots returned to lunches and thermos botrles full of coffee, plus COtS and blanket so that they could steal a few minutes of sleep before a 2Lt Ralph Hofer's Salem Representative at its most garish just after D-Day. The Mustang had olive drab paint on the wings and spine, which extended up the leading edge of the fin at this date, but which was later stripped back to the base of the tail. Also of note are Hofer's famous 'whitewall' tyres! He saw much combat in this machine during the D-Day period, strafing and bombing innumerable targets (Keith Hoey via Wade Meyers) While serving as an infantryman in Poland in September 1939, Capt Winslow 'Mike' Sobanski was divebombed and injured aboard a train during the German invasion.

I saw one headed northeast up a shallow valley just skimming the trees. I gave a short burst at 300 yards, then closed co 200 and gave him a second burse. 1 was closing fa t when I saw his tank strike the ground. I was not more than 15 ft above as I passed over him and saw his prop churn inco the ground, throwing pieces, and the aircraft then crashed violencly. 'I sighted another Me J 09 3000 ft below me, being chased by other P-5Is. I dumped flaps and dove- the enemy aircraft scraightened out as 1 near Stendal.

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