Mission#3 August 14, 1943 – 353rd Fighter Group

Date: Aug 14, 43

Dispatched: 40 Aborts: 0

Mission: Practice Escort  Field Order: 34/102

Time Up/Down: 16.40 hrs 18.30 hrs Leader: Lt Col Morris

Claims Air: 00-00-00 Claims Ground: 00-00-00 Lost/Damaged: 00-00

This was the first mission flown as an independent Group. Reached Lowestoft at 15000 ft, south of Egmond at 26000 ft turned over the Hague and came out at Noordwaal. Found bombers 25 miles west of coast and escorted them off Orfordness. Lt Col. Morris led Group and Major Duncan and Lt. Rose of Group HQ participated.

350th: Major Rimerman. T/U 16:44 hrs. T/D 18:17 hrs. Total flight time 1:33 hrs. All returned. No e/a were seen; no shipping. Flak over the Hague at 26000ft. L/F made between Ijmuiden and Noordwijerhout.

Major Ben Rimerman (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt Charles O. Durant
2nd Lt Dwight A. Fry
2nd Lt William J. Price
Capt Stanley Pidduck (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Robert N. Ireland
1st Lt Wayne K. Blickenstaff
2nd Lt Walter L. Angelo
1st Lt Robert E. Fortier (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Joseph F. Furness
1st Lt John Sullivan
2nd Lt Roland N. McKean









351st: Major Christian. T/U 16:43 hrs. T/D 18:22 hrs. Total flight time 1:39 hrs.

Major Shannon Christian (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt Richard D. Stanley
1st Lt William J. Maguire
2nd Lt Edgar J. Albert
1st Lt Frederick H. Lefebre (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Hassell D. Stump
1st Lt David C. Kenney
2nd Lt Irving Toppel
Capt Walter C. Beckham (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Benedict E Kraft
1st Lt Harry F. Hunter
2nd Lt George F. Perpente
1st Lt Gordon B. Compton
2nd Lt Jack Terzian

352nd: Major Duncan. T/U 16:43 hrs. T/D 18:23 hrs. Total flight time 1:40 hrs. Destination: Egmond, Alkmar, Hague. Major Duncan’s flight position is assumed on the basis that the third flight had only three members listed in 352nd records.

Major William B. Bailey (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt William J. Jordan
2nd Lt Leslie P. Cles
1st Lt Gordon L. Willits
Capt Raynor E. Robertson (Flt Ldr)
F/O Maurice Morrison
2nd Lt Lester L. Dansky
1st Lt Jesse W. Gonnam
Major Glenn E. Duncan (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt James N. Poindexter
1st Lt Charles W. Kipfer
2nd Lt Donald J. Corrigan

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