This Saturday "Buby" Schreiber manage to shot down his fifth aircraft flying the revolutionary Me 262 jet fighter, therby he became the first jet fighter ace in history.
After he spotted a lone Lightning flying at 10,000 meters height. Schreiber closes in undetected and opned fire at a distance of just 20 meters.
The pilot of the Lightning, 2nd Lt. Eugenen Williams was on a reconnaissance mission photographing the German towns of Minden and Osnabrück, and this is his story:
When I came
under attack I pushed both throttle forward and dived in order
to escape. Below me I discovered another Me 262 and held my machine
in a steep nosedive. The altimeter was frighteningly fast and
at 4,000 meters I tried to get my F-5 under control, but unable
to pull up, I unbuckled my harnest and opened the cockpit roof.
The wind pulled me out of the cockpit. Half unconscious, I tried
to pull the ripcord of my parachute. However my arms seemed not
to obey me. As much as I struggled, I could not reach the handle.
Schreiber had another first on 26 July 1944, claiming the first enemy aircraft shoot down in the Messerschmitt jet, a RAF Mosquito PR XVI. However he only manage to damaged it, the crew of the Mosquito, did in fact, manage to return to an Allied held airfield in Italy and here the aircraft made a crash landing and was written off as a total loss.
A month after shoting down Williams Lightning Schreiber was killed in a crash at Lechfeld flying his Me 262 A-1a WNr. 130 017. The wheels of the Me 262 caught the lip of a slit trench, causing his Me 262 to cartwheel. Alfred "Bubi" (Little boy) Schreiber, who just had turned 21 years old was layed to rests on the military cemetery Obermeitingen-Schwabstadl.
Please note that there is not any photos of the Ligthing flown by Williams this day, this profile is therfore based on other macines from this unit and space of time.