Segment 9

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Anderson's group came across a straggling B-17 and decided to head out to escort it. While they were on their way a group of Me 109s flew right up to Anderson's group enroute to the damaged B-17. Anderson was determined to get one of the enemy planes.Anderson started dogfighting with one of the enemy planes. He was trying to get in behind the German plane. Anderson managed to get a shot off at the enemy plane. The German pilot bailed out.Anderson noticed another Mustang next to him. It was Johnny England from the 362nd Fighter Squadron. England gave Anderson the ok sign. Anderson wondered if England, who England Air Force Base in Louisiana was named for, shot down the German plane.When Anderson got back to base made a claim on the enemy fighter but asked that it be held until he found out if he had shot it down or if England had. He went to the officer's club to talk to England. When he entered the bar England ran up to him and told him that that was the best shot he had ever seen. Anderson ran to the phone and claimed his first kill. It was the first of 16 and a quarter in the air.The quarter of a kill was an He111. Anderson was going out on a long mission so he took every drop of gas he could. There is a process for managing the Mustang's fuel economy. Much of the fuel had to be burned off before the plane could fight effectively.Anderson joins up with a group of B-17s. Suddenly a flight of 4 Me109s flew through the B-17s and shot down 2 of them. The Me109s made a turn and came back at the bombers. Anderson didn't want to fly through the B-17 formation because the gunners on the bombers would shoot at anything.Anderson was in a tight turn but had to hold forward pressure on the stick because of the amount of fuel aboard.

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