Mission#16 September 2, 1943

Date: Sept 2, 43

Dispatched: 48 Aborts: 4

Mission: Penetration support to 4th TF 80 B-17’s     Field Order: 50a/120

Time Up/Down: 17.46 hrs     19.40 hrs Leader: Lt Col. McCollom

Target: Brussels- Evere Airfield

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

Group made R/V with the bombers who were late prior to reaching the enemy coast. Flew with bombers in waving formation to Grammont, where starboard turn was made. Left bombers at Vuriness. Major Rimerman led the Group as Lt Col. McCollom was forced to return early due to a radio failure. Lt Col McCollom, Major Duncan and Lt Herfurth [not listed on flight plan] of Group HQ participated. Radio interference was persistent over the continent. Box pattern of heavy flak from Dunkirk to Ostend. White marker flak from Dunkirk.

350th   : Lt Col. McCollom, then Major Rimerman. T/U 17:45 hrs T/D 19:35 hrs Total flight time 1:50 hrs. Encountered heavy flak over Ostend, about 15000ft, slightly astern. Target was not reached; bombers made right turn at Grammont.

Major Loren McCollom (Gp and Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt William W. Odom
1st Lt Charles W. Dinse
2nd Lt Dwight A. Fry
Capt Irvin E. Venell (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt William J. Price
1st Lt Harold W. Long
2nd Lt William F. Tanner
Major Ben Rimerman (Flt Ldr and Gp Ldr)
1st Lt Tom Lorance
1st Lt Wayne K. Blickenstaff
2nd Lt Walter L. Angelo
Capt Stanley R. Pidduck (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Melvin P. Dawson
1st Lt Robert L. Newman
2nd Lt Roland N. McKean
1st Lt John L. Devane (Spare)
2nd Lt John Zolner (Spare)

351st   : Major Christian. T/U 17:38 hrs. T/D 19:38 hrs. Total flight time 2:00 hrs. Route in at Dunkerque, Dramons, Bruseels and came out at Knocke

Major Shannon Christian (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt Francis N. King
1st Lt Vernon A. Leatherman
2nd Lt Richard D. Stanley
Major Glenn E. Duncan (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Vic L. Byers
1st Lt William J. Maguire
2nd Lt Edgar J. Albert
1st Lt Jack R. Walsh (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Jack Terzian
1st Lt William R. Burkett
2nd Lt Harold J. Morris
Capt Walter C. Beckham (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Gordon B. Compton
1st Lt Harry F. Hunter
2nd Lt George F. Perpente
1st Lt Frank N. Emory (Spare)
1st Lt Orville A. Kinkade (Spare)

352nd  : Major Bailey. T/U 17:52 hrs. T/D 19:34 hrs. Total flight time 1;42 hrs. Course: Grammont-Brussels. Pilots flying as per Squadron flight list.

Major William B. Bailey (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt Gordon L. Willits
Capt Charles J. Hoey
2nd Lt Victor L. Vogel
1st Lt Thomas J. Forkin
2nd Lt William J. Jordan
1st Lt Leslie P. Cles
Capt Raynor E. Robertson (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Clinton H. Sperry
2nd Lt Clifford Armstrong
1st Lt Edward M. Forgarty (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Leroy W. Ista
1st Lt Gordon S. Burlingame
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