Y-29 Victories: 4
WWII Victories: 15.5
Final WWII Rank: Capt.
Post WWII Service: ??
Decorations: Distinguished Service Cross with Oak Leaf Clusters
Distinguished Flying Cross
Distinguished Unit Citation (487th Fighter Squadron)
1, 1945 Combat Log:
I was leading Red Flight. As we were taxiing out to the strip I saw some
air activity east of the airfield. The squadron consisting of three
four-ship flights, was taking off singly. As I started down the strip,
Colonel Meyer called the Controller and inquired about bandits in the vic. As
I pulled my wheels up, the Controller reported that there were bandits east of
the field. We didn't take time to form up, but set course, wide-open, straight
for the bandits. There were a few P47s mixing it up with the bandits as I
arrived. I ran into about thirty 190s at 1,500 feet. There were many 109s
above them. I picked out a 190 and pressed the trigger. Nothing happened. I
reached down and turned on my gun switch and gave him a couple of good bursts.
I watched him hit the ground and explode, I felt myself being hit. I broke
sharply to the right, and up. A 190 was about 50 yards behind me, firing away.
As I was turning with him, another 51 attacked him and he broke off his attack
on me. I then saw that I had several 20 mm holes in each wing, and another hit
in my oil tank. My left aileron control was also out, I was losing oil, but my
pressure and temperature were steady. Being over friendly territory I could
see no reason for landing immediately so turned towards a big dogfight and
shortly had another 190 in my sights. After hitting him several times, he
attempted to bale out, but I gave him a burst as he raised up, and he went in
with his plane, which exploded and burned. There were several 109s in the vic
so I engaged one of them. We fought for five or ten minutes, and I finally
managed to get behind him. I hit him good and the pilot baled out at 200 feet.
I clobbered him as he baled out and he tumbled into the ground.
this time I saw 15 or 20 fires from crashed planes. Bandits were
reported strafing the field, so I headed for the strip. I saw a 109
strafe the NE corner of the strip. I started after him and he
turned into me. We made two head-on passes, and on the second I hit him
on the nose and wings. He crashed and burned east of the strip. I
chased several more bandits but they evaded in the clouds. I had oil on
my windscreen and canopy so came back to the strip and landed.
of the e/a were very aggressive, and extremely good pilots. I am very
happy that we were able to shoot down 23 with a loss of none. We were
outnumbered 5 to 1 with full fuselage tanks. The P-47's on this field
did a fine job, and helped us considerably. The co-operation among our
fighters was extremely good and we did the job as a team.
two Me109's destroyed, two FW190's destroyed.
T. Whisner, 0798190