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Breaking the enemy

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Posted by RSWAM on January 16, 1999 at 12:54:28:

Recent events indicate that our aggressive offensive operations
and effective defense of our airfields are compromising the
moral and fighting quality of the Bzs and Czs. I would like
to submit for your scrutiny the following excerpts of a recent
de-briefing indicating that their will to fight has been compromised or
that Rudolph Hess is roaming about:

Pilot: Lt. RSWAM
Scrambled from Baron on a routine high alt interdiction mission
targeted at enemy bombers in a ME-109K4. Its high rate of climb and superb
high alt. Performance, 30mm cannon and heavy 13mm machine guns
makes this bird a good match for high alt. (30k+) interceptions.

Set a steady climb rate and westerly course. DAR indicated
a Czs B17 in the immediate sector. Quick calculations indicated 30k alt.
On a easterly course. No additional enemy units were observed.

With WEP engaged rapidly climbed through the
slightly overcast sky. Gained visual on the enemy plane at about 20k.
Adjusted pursuit curve to maximize rate of climb while
maintaining visual contact and an IAS that provided a sufficient closure rate.

Obtained a position at 1 oclock off the B17 and 3k above
with a separation of 1500 - 2000 yrds.

Commenced firing pass from enemys 3 oclock high position ending at 7 o clock
low. Observed minor hits - no smoke. No return fire.

Zoomed for alt. and entered hard left bank closing on the B17s 6 oclock
position. Closed to 800 yrds. Prior to firing observed single crew member
bailing out. Cut throttle and banked but did not observe chute.

Landed at Baron.

Conclusion: Enemy does not follow our example of dying with our planes
in an honorable death - no matter what. Big sign of weakness.

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