Mission#22 September 16, 1943 – 353rd Fighter Group

Date: Sept 16, 43

Dispatched: 41 Aborts: 4

Mission: Penetration support to 1st TF, 120 B-17’s  Field Order: 63/133

Time Up/Down: 13:16 hrs 15:05 hrs Leader: Lt Col. McCollom

Target: Nantes

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

Group flying from Thorney Island made landfall at Grand Camp at 14:00 hrs. Bombers were ten minutes late for R/V. Made starboard orbit and picked up bombers north north west of Grand Camp, 26,000ft at 14:03 hrs. Bombers then made landfall at 14:08 hrs escorted to the vicinity of Avranches. Left bombers at 14:22 hrs. Landfall out at Grand Camp at 25,000ft. No enemy aircraft seen and no flak. Bomber inter communication with B17 unsuccessful. Lt Rose and Lt Herfurth of the Group HQ participated. Group landed at Thorney Island

350th: Major Rimerman. T/U 13:05 hrs. T/D 14:05 hrs. Total flight time 1:00 hrs. Bombers picked up NNW of Grand Camp ten minutes late and were escorted to vicinity of Avranches. No flak. Visibility slightly hazy. Capt. Newhart’s flight were recorded as aborting.

Major Ben Rimerman (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt Robert N. Ireland
1st Lt John Sullivan
1st Lt John B. Rose
Capt Dewey E. Newhart (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Francis T. Walsh
1st Lt Wayne K. Blickenstaff
2nd Lt Walter L. Angelo
Capt Robert E. Fortier (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Charles O. Durant
1st Lt Robert L. Newman
2nd Lt Joseph F. Furness
1st Lt Charles W. Dinse (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Dwight A. Fry
1st Lt William W. Odom
1st Lt Tom Lorance

351st: Major Christian. T/U 13:04 hrs. T/D 14:58 hrs. Total flight time 1:54 hrs. Route from advanced base R/V bombers at Grand Camp. To Avranches, out at Grand Camp. Landed at Thorney Island and then back to base by 17:48 hrs

Major Shannon Christian (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt Gordon B. Compton
1st Lt Frank N. Emory
2nd Lt Francis L. Edwards
Capt Frederick H. Lefebre (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt John G. Treitz
1st Lt George N. Ahles
2nd Lt Hassell D. Stump
Capt Orville A. Kinkade (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Herbert K. Field
1st Lt Harry F. Hunter
1st Lt Francis N. King
2nd Lt Benedict E Kraft
1st Lt Vernon A. Leatherman

352nd: Lt Col. McCollom. T/U 13:05 hrs. T/D 15:05 hrs. Total flight time 2:00 hrs. Penentrative support. Course: Grand Camp – St Martin. Flight list is as per Squadron records.

1st Lt Jesse W. Gonnam
2nd Lt George S. Dietz
1st Lt Charles W. Kipfer
2nd Lt Edison G. Stiff
Capt Raynor E. Robertson
1st Lt Leroy W. Ista
1st Lt Robert P. Geurtz
2nd Lt Glenn C. Callans
2nd Lt Maurice Morrison
1st Lt William F. Streit

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