Mission#4 and #5 August 15, 1943 – 353rd Fighter Group

Date: Aug 15, 43

Dispatched: 40 Aborts: 0

Mission: Diversion Sweep Knocke/Gravelines Field Order: 35/103

Time Up/Down: 07.42 hrs 09.36 hrs Leader: Lt Col Morris

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

Group made landfall 5 miles east of Knocke at 08:30 hrs, 25000 ft. Made a sweep covering Knocke, Eccloo, Menin, Ypres and out east of Gravelines on time at 24,000ft.Encountered heavy flak at Mardyck and east of Calais. Group led by Lt Col. Morris with Lts Herfurth and Rose of Group HQ participating.

350th: Lt Col Morris with Sqdn as Group lead, Major Rimerman Sqdn lead. T/U 07:42 hrs. T/D 09:25 hrs. Total flight time 1:43 hrs. All returned. L/F made north of Knocke at 25000ft. Flak was encountered over Dunkerque, inaccurate, low and off to the side. No e/a encountered, no balloon barrages, no shipping.

Lt Col Joseph Morris (Gp Ldr)
1st Lt John B. Rose
1st Lt Robert L. Newman
1st Lt Wayne K. Blickenstaff
Major Ben Rimerman (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt Melvin P. Dawson
1st Lt Harold W. Long
2nd Lt William F. Tanner
1st Lt Robert E. Fortier (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Charles O. Durant
1st Lt John Sullivan
2nd Lt Roland N. McKean
1st Lt Irvin E. Venell (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt William J. Price
1st Lt John L. Devane
2nd Lt John Zolner
1st Lt Dewey E. Newhart

 

351st: Major Christian. T/U 07:46 hrs. T/D 09:30 hrs. Total flight time 1.44 hrs. Destination: Knocke, Rouliers, Ypres, Gravelines.

Major Shannon Christian (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt John G. Treitz
1st Lt David C. Kenney
2nd Lt Irving Toppel
1st Lt Jack R. Walsh (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Vic L. Byers
2nd Lt Jack Terzian
2nd Lt Lloyd A. Thornell
Capt Walter C. Beckham (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Francis N. King
1st Lt Orville A. Kinkade
2nd Lt Herbert K. Field
1st Lt Gordon B. Compton
1st Lt Frank N. Emory

352nd: Major Bailey. T/U 07:43. T/D 09:24. Total flight time 1:41 hrs. Destination: Eccloo, Walcheren Island, Raulers, Gravelines.

Major William B. Bailey (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt Robert T. Murden
1st Lt Charles W. Kipfer
1st Lt Herman Herfurth (Assumed)
Capt Raynor E. Robertson (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Donald J. Corrigan
2nd Lt Lester L. Dansky
2nd Lt Leroy W. Ista
1st Lt Robert C. Durlin (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Wilton W. Johnson
1st Lt Clinton H. Sperry
2nd Lt Clifford F. Armstrong

Mission#2

Date: Aug 15, 43

Dispatched: 44 Aborts: 0

Mission: Abortive Escort to Brussels Field Order: 36/104

Time Up/Down: 19.23 hrs 20.53 hrs Leader: Lt Col Morris

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

Group left 6 minutes late due to last minute changes in mission. Group left coast at Aldeburgh at 15,000ft, entered enemy coast at Mardyck, 25,000 ft and exited 5 miles east of Calais and accompanied bombers to just east of Clacton on Sea. Lt Col Morris led Group with Major Duncan and Lts Rose and Thistlethwaite of Group HQ participating.

350th: Major Rimerman. T/U 19:23 hrs. T/D 20:54 hrs. Total flight time 1:31 hrs. All returned. Sweep north and West of Ostend to Dunkerque. No penetration into enemy territory. Flak over Dunkerque, light intensity with black color burst, at height of between 20000 and 25000ft. No e/a encountered and no enemy shipping.

Major Ben Rimerman (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt Robert N. Ireland
1st Lt Harold W. Long
2nd Lt William F. Tanner
1st Lt Robert E. Fortier (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Charles O. Durant
1st Lt John Sullivan
2nd Lt Roland N. McKean
1st Lt Dewey E. Newhart (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Francis T. Walsh
1st Lt William W. Odom
2nd Lt Joseph Rosenberg
Capt Stanley Pidduck (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt John B. Rose
1st Lt Wilford F. Hurst
1st Lt Melvin P. Dawson
2nd Lt Joseph F. Furness

 

351st: Lt Col Morris. T/U 19:25 hrs. T/D 20:30 hrs. Total flight time 1:05 hrs. Destination: Dunkerque, St Omes, Calais.

Lt Col Joseph A. Morris (Gp & Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt William T. Thistlethwaite
Major Glenn E. Duncan
2nd Lt Francis L. Edwards
1st Lt Vernon A. Leatherman (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Richard D. Stanley
1st Lt William R. Burkett
2nd Lt Harold J. Morris
Capt Walter C. Beckham (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Edgar J. Albert
1st Lt George N. Ahles
2nd Lt Hassell D. Stump
1st Lt Harry F. Hunter
2nd Lt George F. Perpente

352nd: Major Bailey. T/U 19:27 hrs. T/D 20:44 hrs. Total flight time 1:17 hrs.

Major William B. Bailey (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt Gordon L. Willits
1st Lt Robert A. Newman
F/O Earl A. Perry
1st Lt Robert C. Durlin (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Wilton W. Johnson
2nd Lt Lester L. Dansky
F/O Maurice Morrison
Capt Raynor E. Robertson (Flt Ldr)
F/O Glenn C. Callans
1st Lt James N. Poindexter
2nd Lt William J. Jordan
1st Lt Clinton H. Sperry
2nd Lt Leslie P. Cles
1st Lt Gordon S. Burlingame
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