Mission#11 August 23, 1943 and Lt. Robert C. Peters Crash.

Date: Aug 23, 43

Dispatched: 44 Aborts: 0

Mission: Sweep Haamstede/Rotterdam area  Field Order: 43/111

Time Up/Down: 14.39 hrs 16.27 hrs Leader: Major McCollom

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

Group made landfall over Haamstede at 24,000 ft, continued south-east to Woensdrecht and Rotterdam, out at South Gravesende at 27,000 ft. Major McCollom led the Group with Major Duncan, Lts Stafford, Rose and Herfurth [Herfurth is not listed in any of the Squadron flight plans, but likely flew with the 352nd if he did fly] of Group HQ participating.

350th: Major Rimerman. T/U 14.43 hrs. T/D 16:22 hrs. Total flight time 1.39 hrs. Several bursts of heavy flak reported in the vicinity of Rotterdam but inaccurate as to altitude. Long convoy sighted off east coast of East Anglia.

Major Ben Rimerman (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt John B. Rose
1st Lt William W. Odom
2nd Lt Joseph Rosenberg
1st Lt Wilford F. Hurst (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Melvin P. Dawson
1st Lt Harold W. Long
2nd Lt Francis T. Walsh
1st Lt Irvin E. Venell (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt John Zolner
1st Lt John Sullivan
2nd Lt Roland N. McKean
2nd Lt Dwight A. Fry (Spare)
1st Lt John L. Devane (Spare with 351st)

That evening 2nd Lt. Robert C. Peters of the 350th Squadron was up slow-timing a P-47 (a/c 42-8405 LH-X). As the light faded he tried to land at the unfinished Debach airfield but crashed into some cement bags, completely wrecking the aircraft after fire took hold. Lt Peters climbed from the aircraft unhurt and was picked up from Debach that evening.

2nd Lt. Robert C. Peters crashed LH-X (a/c 42-8405) at Debach. He escaped unhurt.

351st: Major McCollom. T/U 14:39 hrs. T/D 16:06 hrs Total flight time 1:27 hrs.

Major Loren G. McCollom (Gp & Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt William R. Burkett
1st Lt Vic L. Byers
2nd Lt Jack Terzian
Major Shannon Christian (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Frederick H. Lefebre
1st Lt Charles L. Stafford
2nd Lt Edgar J. Albert
Capt Walter C. Beckham (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt George F. Perpente
1st Lt William J. Maguire
1st Lt John L. Devane (assumed)

352nd: Major Bailey. T/U –:– hrs. T/D –:– hrs. Total flight time –:– hrs. Destination: Clacton, Haamstede, Woensdrecht and Rotterdam. One Me109 flew between two flights south of Rotterdam and dove for the deck.

Major William B. Bailey (Sqdn Ldr)
Capt Charles J. Hoey
1st Lt Jesse W. Gonnam
2nd Lt Victor L. Vogel
1st Lt Robert C. Durlin (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Wilton W. Johnson
1st Lt Charles W. Kipfer
2nd Lt Robert T. Murden
1st Lt Thomas J. Forkin (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt William F. Streit
F/O Glenn C. Callans
1st Lt Gordon L. Willits
1st Lt James N. Poindexter (Spare?)
F/O Earl W. Perry (Spare?)

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