Mission#9 August 18, 1943 – 353rd Fighter Group

Date: Aug 18, 43

Dispatched: 40 Aborts: 0

Mission: Sweep Dutch coast (Abortive weather) Field Order: 39/107

Time Up/Down: 10.13 hrs 11.40 hrs Leader: Major McCollom

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

The mission was a sweep over the Dutch coast. The weather was so bad that the Group started to return at 10.45 hrs. At 10:49 hrs the controller told leader to make a 160-degree turn because e/a were following the bombers at 22,000 ft. The Group climbed to 26,000 ft. Nothing was encountered (it was later reported that German R. F. D. [Radio Fighter Direction] picked up the Group and called their fighters back). The Group started home at 11:05 hrs per instructions controller. Group was led by Major McCollom of the 56th Fighter Group, with Major Duncan an Lt. Rose of our Group HQ participating.

350th: Major Rimerman. T/U 10:15 hrs. T/D 11:30 hrs. Total flight time 1:15 hrs. Squadron left English coast but were unable to see continental coast due to vast cloud formation. Contrails at 25,000 ft.

Major Ben Rimerman (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt Joseph F. Furness
Major Glenn E. Duncan
1st Lt John B. Rose
1st Lt Robert E. Fortier (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Charles O. Durant
1st Lt John Sullivan
2nd Lt Roland N. McKean
Capt Stanley R. Pidduck (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Robert N. Ireland
1st Lt William W. Odom
2nd Lt Joseph Rosenberg
1st Lt Melvin P. Dawson

351st: Major Christian. T/U 10:15 hrs. T/D 11:30 hrs. Total flight time 1:15 hrs.

Major Shannon Christian (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt Gordon B. Compton
1st Lt Francis N. King
2nd Lt Benedict E Kraft
1st Lt Orville A. Kinkade (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Herbert K. Field
1st Lt Frank N. Emory
2nd Lt Francis L. Edwards
1st Lt Frederick H. Lefebre (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt John G. Treitz
1st Lt William R. Burkett
2nd Lt Harold J. Morris
1st Lt Jack R. Walsh (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt William J. Maguire
1st Lt Vic L. Byers
2nd Lt Jack Terzian
2nd Lt Edgar J. Albert (Listed assumed spare)

352nd: Major Bailey. T/U 10:13 hrs. T/D 11:22 hrs. Total flight time 1:09 hrs.

Major Loren G. McCollom (Sqdn and Gp Ldr)
2nd Lt Robert T. Murden
1st Lt Robert P. Geurtz
2nd Lt Victor L. Vogel
Major William B. Bailey (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Donald J. Corrigan
1st Lt Edward M. Fogarty
F/O Maurice Morrison
Capt Raynor E. Robertson (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt William F. Streit
1st Lt Jesse W. Gonnam
1st Lt Gordon S. Burlingame
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