This WWII US Fighter Pilot Knows His Stuff, Shooting Down A ME-262 Jet Fighter!

This amazing U.S. gun camera footage of an American fighter firing at a German Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter. These would normally fly at speeds well beyond the reach of the Allied propeller drive fighters, it could be that this Me 262 is coming into land, which was what the Allied fighters were waiting for.

The Me 262 was the first operational jet fighter in history, the Germans built 1,430 and Hitler hoped these fighters would turn the tide of the air war over Germany. Due to the fact that there were very few trained pilots and a severe fuel shortage their impact on the course of events proved negligible.

Not being able to keep up with the Me 262, let alone overtake it in a dogfight the Allied pilots would wait until they would slow down to land. They would then jump upon its tail to try and shoot it down.

In the footage, several hits are seen on the wings and then on the tail of the Me 262, which appears to accelerate while emitting smoke. It is then seen with its right engine smoking heavily.

It is again attacked and apparently shot down. It then switches to another scene which shows attacks against a German fighter which could possibly be a BF109?

Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.