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.
|1st Lt||John B.||Rose|
|1st Lt||William W.||Odom|
|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||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.
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|
|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)|
|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|
|1st Lt||Gordon L.||Willits|
|1st Lt||James N.||Poindexter||(Spare?)|