Mission#14 August 27, 1943 – 353rd Fighter Group

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Date:  Aug 27, 43

Dispatched: 48 Aborts: 2

Mission: High cover to 2nd TF, 60 B-17s Field Order: 36/114

Time Up/Down: 17.55 hrs 19.51 hrs Leader: Lt Col. McCollom Target: North of St Omer

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

The Group made landfall over Dunkirk, 27,000 ft and continued to Armentiers, then southeast to Montreuil. The bombers were picked up at Hesdin and the Group penetrated to Gravelines at 27,000 ft. Lt Col. McCollom [note his promotion] led the Group with Major Duncan and Lt. Herfurth of the Group HQ participating [Duncan and Hefurth are not listed in the flight plans].

350th: Major Rimerman. T/U 17:51 hrs. T/D 19:47 hrs. Total flight time 1:56 hrs. Two returned early, one for turbo trouble and the other for escort. About ten miles northwest of St Pol, Capt. Venell reported seeing one B-17 fall out of formation. Four parachutes opened and the Fort rolled over and exploded. Lt. Newman saw two bandits deliver a head on attack from thirty degrees to the port side of the bombers. Two balls of fire were shot at the bombers from a range greater than that of machine gun. Lt. Fry, who was on the channel of communication with the bombers, reported that one of the bombers called to watch for planes with rocket guns. Heavy accurate flak was thrown at the bombers in the vicinity of Lille.

Major Ben Rimerman (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt Charles O. Durant
1st Lt Robert L. Newman
2nd Lt Joseph F. Furness
Capt Irving E. Venell (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt William J. Price
1st Lt John L. Devane
2nd Lt John Zolner
Capt Stanley R. Pidduck (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Tom Lorance
1st Lt Wayne K. Blickenstaff
2nd Lt Walter L. Angelo
Capt Dewey E. Newhart (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Francis T. Walsh
2nd Lt Charles W. Dinse
2nd Lt Dwight A. Fry
1st Lt John Sullivan (spare)
2nd Lt Robert N. Ireland (spare)

351st: Lt Col McCollom. T/U 17:45 hrs. T/D 19:45 hrs. Total flight time 2:00 hrs. Dunkerque, Armentiers, St Pol, St Omers, Calais

Lt Col Loren G. McCollom (Gp & Sqdn)
1st Lt Gordon B. Compton
1st Lt William J. Maguire
2nd Lt Edgar J. Albert
Major Shannon Christian (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Irving Toppel
1st Lt Frederick H. Lefebre
2nd Lt Hassell D. Stump
Capt Walter C. Beckham (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt George F. Perpente
1st Lt Harry F. Hunter
2nd Lt Richard D. Stanley
1st Lt Vernon A. Leatherman (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Francis N. King
2nd Lt Benedict E. Kraft

352nd: Major Bailey. T/U 17:56 hrs. T/D 19:52 hrs. Total flight time 1:56 hrs. Destination: Dunkirk, Armentieres, Bethune, St Pal and Graniline. Capt. Hoey made an early return. 2nd Lt. Vogel was reported missing in action, but was later confirmed as having been forced down at another station without communication. There were no engagements reported, but two Me109s seen. Flight order as in report:

Major William B. Bailey (Sqdn Ldr)
Capt Charles J. Hoey (Early return)
1st Lt Robert A. Newman
F/O Earl W. Perry
1st Lt Robert C. Durlin
F/O Maurice Morrison
1st Lt Clinton H. Sperry
2nd Lt Clifford F. Armstrong
1st Lt Gordon S. Burlingame
2nd Lt Victor L. Vogel
1st Lt Thomas J. Forkin (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Gordon L. Willits
1st Lt William F. Streit
F/O Glenn C. Callans

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