Mission#13 August 25, 1943 – 353rd Fighter Group

Date: Aug 25, 43

Dispatched: 47 Aborts: 3

Mission: Sweep Dunkirk/Le Touquet area Field Order: 36/114

Time Up/Down: 17.37 hrs 19.20 hrs Leader: Major Duncan

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

The Group made landfall at Mardyck at 24,000 ft and penetrated to Lille, then Hesdin, coming out at Valais, 24,000 ft. The Group acted as a diversion for bombers going to the Paris and Rouen area. Major Duncan led the Group [though his position is not indicated in the flight plans and the 350th records say McCollom led] with Lts. Stafford and Rose of Group HQ participating.

350th: Major McCollom. T/U 17:37 hrs. T/D 19:09 hrs. Total flight time 1:32 hrs. Two returned early because of radio trouble. Entered enemy coast at Dunquerque and swept west of Lille southwest to Hesdin. Formation left enemy cost between Gris Nez and St Iglevert. No flak encountered.

Major Loren G. McCollom (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt John B. Rose
1st Lt Charles W. Dinse
2nd Lt Dwight A. Fry
Major Ben Rimerman (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Robert N. Ireland
1st Lt Wilford F. Hurst
2nd Lt Joseph F. Furness
Capt Stanley R. Pidduck (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Tom Lorance
1st Lt Wayne K. Blickenstaff
2nd Lt Walter L. Angelo
1st Lt Dewey E. Newhart (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Francis T. Walsh
1st Lt William W. Odom
2nd Lt Joseph Rosenberg

351st: Major Christian. T/U 17:29 hrs. T/D 19:23 hrs. Total flight time 1:54 hrs. Mardyck, Lille, Hesdin, Calais

Major Shannon Christian (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt Gordon B. Compton
1st Lt Francis N. King
2nd Lt Benedict E Kraft
1st Lt Jack R. Walsh (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Lloyd A. Thornell
1st Lt Charles L. Stafford
1st Lt George N. Ahles
Capt Walter C. Beckham (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Jack Terzian
1st Lt William J. Maguire
2nd Lt Edgar J. Albert
1st Lt Orville A. Kinkade (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Herbert K. Field
1st Lt Frank N. Emory
2nd Lt Francis L. Edwards

352nd: Major Bailey. T/U 17:42 hrs. T/D 19:10 hrs. Total flight time 1:28 hrs. Destination: Mardyck, Lille, Hesdin and Calais.

Major William B. Bailey (Sqdn Ldr)
Capt Charles J. Hoey
1st Lt Jesse W. Gonnam
2nd Lt Robert T. Murden
1st Lt Wilbert H. Juntilla (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Donald J. Corrigan
1st Lt Gordon S. Burlingame
2nd Lt Leslie P. Cles
Capt Raynor E. Robertson (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Gordon L. Willits
2nd Lt Clifford F. Armstrong
1st Lt Thomas J. Forkin (possible spare)
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