Headquarters, 448th Bombardment Group (H) APO #634
I was flying #3 position of the 3rd element (high element). Lt. Chase was flying #2 position. Going into the target area over the Brest Peninsula and east of Cognac, France, he kept straggling back out of formation. His #3 engine was seen to be smoking, probably from a flak hit and two ME 109’s were seen to be making determined attacks from below. Other crews report seeing the A/C go into a step dive, then climb, stall and then dive. Several (4-9) chutes were observed when last seen.
A.L. Northrup Jr. 0745021
1st Lt A/C
Pilot A/C 42-7764