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The German Me 262 had very poor endurance. When they were seen in the air there was no doubt that their base was near. There were also many more P-51s than there were Me 262s.Anderson believes that in a dogfight the Mustang would win. The Me 262s did do a lot of damage to the bomber formations they attacked though.Anderson went after an Me 262 while he was escorting a bomber formation. When he looked back to make sure no German planes had gotten behind him, he saw the entire 8th Air Force back there heading for that Me 262. Anderson pulled up and away.On another occasion Anderson sighted an Me 262 coming toward him at a 90 degree angle and about 8000 feet below. When Anderson rolled over onto his back to dive down on the Me 262, his engine quit because he had forgotten to switch fuel tanks.He got his engine started again and made a run on the German fighter. The German fighter was going so fast that it disappeared from right in front of him.Anderson believes that the best German fighter of the war was the Me 262 even with its shortcomings. He never feared either Me 109s or Fw 190s and had no doubt that he could beat either of them. He never encountered a Ta 152 or a long nosed Fw 190. Anderson's best dogfights came against Me109s.After the invasion [Annotator's Note: Normandy invasion in June 1944] Anderson saw a definite drop in German pilot experience. Chuck Yeager was shot down in March, was interned in Spain, was released, and made his way back to his squadron.

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