Mission#17 September 3, 1943

Date: Sept 3, 43

Dispatched: 44 Aborts: 7

Mission: Penetration support to 2nd & 3rd TF 140 B-17’s   Field Order: 51/121

Time Up/Down: 07.27 hrs     09.36 hrs Leader: Lt Col McCollom

Target: Meulan Airfield

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

Group made R/V with three boxes of bombers, crossing enemy coast at West Dieppe at 08.17 hrs, 25,000ft. Penetrated a little further than planned, leaving them at Vernon at 08.34 hrs. Out at Dieppe, 26,000ft, 08.45hrs. No E/A seen. Group was led by Lt Col McCollom, with Capt Stafford and Lt Herfurth [not listed on flight plan] of Group HQ participating. The latter was forced to return due to an engine failure. R/T good but became noticeably weaker inland with whine continuous.

350th   : Major Rimerman. T/U 07:30 hrs. T/D 09:35 hrs. Total flight time 1:55 hrs. Squadron left the English coast at Folkstone and entered the French coast between Dieppe and Le Treporte. R/V with bombers north of Dieppe. Escorted the bombers about ten miles south of Les Andelys, made a right turn and came out over Dieppe. No E/A, no flak.

Major Ben Rimerman (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt William W. Odom
1st Lt Wilford F. Hurst
1st Lt Melvin P. Dawson
Capt Irvin E. Venell (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt William J. Price
1st Lt Harold W. Long
2nd Lt William F. Tanner
Capt Stanley R. Pidduck (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Tom Lorance LH-G Landed at Headcorn
1st Lt Wayne K. Blickenstaff
2nd Lt Walter L. Angelo
Capt Dewey E. Newhart (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Francis T. Walsh
1st Lt Charles W. Dinse
2nd Lt Joseph F. Furness
1st Lt John L. Devane
2nd Lt John Zolner

351st   : Lt Col McCollom. T/U 07:20 hrs. T/D 09:30 hrs. Total flight time 2:10 hrs. Route in at North Dieppe, Les Andeleys and out Dieppe

Lt Col Loren McCollom (Gp and Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt Francis N. King
1st Lt Vernon A. Leatherman
2nd Lt Richard D. Stanley
Capt Jack R. Walsh (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Harold J. Morris
1st Lt Vic L. Byers
2nd Lt Jack Terzian
Major Shannon Christian (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Benedict E Kraft
1st Lt William J. Maguire
2nd Lt Edgar J. Albert
Capt Walter C. Beckham (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Gordon B. Compton
Capt Charles L. Stafford
1st Lt Harry F. Hunter
1st Lt William R. Burkett
2nd Lt Francis L. Edwards

352nd  : Major Bailey. T/U 07:30 hrs. T/D 10:20 hrs. Total flight time 2:50 hrs. Penetration support. Course: Les Andelys-West Malling (Squadron landed here before returning to Metfield). Flight listing as per Squadron records.

Major William B. Bailey (Sqdn Ldr)
Capt Charles J. Hoey
1st Lt Robert A. Newman
1st Lt Wilbert H. Juntilla
1st Lt Clinton H. Sperry
1st Lt Thomas J. Fogarty
1st Lt Leroy W. Ista
Capt Raynor E. Robertson (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Robert P. Geurtz
1st Lt Leslie P. Cles
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