MY ENCOUNTER WITH AN Me 262

19 APR 1945

Lt. Carroll Ofsthun, 363rd FS

All that I recall of this particular mission was that we were escorting bombers to a target in the vicinity of Prague. Me 262 aircraft were reported taking off from an airdrome in the area.

I spotted an Me 262 several thousand feet below me. I dove to attack from his rear at high speed and noted strikes in the area of the cockpit and on the fuselage as I fired short bursts. He took no evasive action -- presumably, because he had not detected me coming up on his tail. I pulled up and came back over him as I saw that he had bellied into a field. I did not fire again -- only shot my gun camera -- as far as I was concerned, the plane was destroyed. Whether or not the pilot was killed or wounded, I do not know.

This happened to be my next to last mission before completing my tour, so I was happy to have at least one enemy aircraft to my credit.

Carroll W. Ofsthun

I just learned recently, when I attended a MN. Aviation Hall of Fame banquet, that I was one of two Minnesotans credited with 262s.

Click here to read the Mission Report from Carroll's mission.

Carroll and his Mustang, "The Count"

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