Mission#27 September 26, 1943 and Metfield Medal Ceremony

Date: Sept 26, 43

Dispatched: 39 Aborts: 0

Mission: General support to 1st TF, 100 B-17’s Field Order: 145/7

Time Up/Down: 16:23 hrs 18:20 hrs Leader: Major Duncan

Target: Nantes (abortive)

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

Group took off from Ford and made landfall on French coast at St Pierre at 17:04 hrs, 24,000ft. At 17:05 hrs the Group was instructed by controller to return to base [Metfield], so a 180 degree turn was made. Later controller advised to go all the way, so Group changed course making landfall at Dungeness and then to home base. 3 B17s in mid-channel going west. Moderate amount of heavy flak from Cherbourg – correct for altitude but inaccurate for direction. Weather good. Lt. Herfurth and Capt Stafford [not listed in flight plans] participated. The latter served as a spotter.

350th: Unknown. No further details currently available. On arrival at Ford 1st Lt Francis T. Walsh landed short and damaged the tail wheel and fuselage of the Thunderbolt he was flying (a/c 42-8378).

351st: Major Duncan. T/U 16:10 hrs. T/D 18:05 hrs. Total flight time 1:55 hrs. Route from advanced base went as far as Cherbourg and returned due to bad weather (belly tanks used).

Major Glenn E. Duncan (Gp & Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt Harold J. Morris
1st Lt Vic L. Byers
2nd Lt Jack Terzian
Major Shannon Christian (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Gordon B. Compton
1st Lt William J. Maguire
2nd Lt Edgar J. Albert
Capt Orville A. Kinkade (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Harry F. Hunter
2nd Lt George F. Perpente

352nd: Unknown. T/U 16:23 hrs. T/D 17:50 hrs. Total flight time 1:27hrs. Time up Metfield 12:49 hrs. Time down Ford 13:35 hrs. Time up Ford 16:23 hrs. Time down Metfield 17:50 hrs. Intended course: Caulnes, Sevanay, Nantes (target), Vallet, St Sever, Ford. Recalled over Point de Barfleur by Jacknife. Flight plan as per Squadron records.

1st Lt Leroy W. Ista
1st Lt James N. Poindexter
1st Lt Jesse W. Gonnam
1st Lt Gordon L. Willits
2nd Lt Edison G. Stiff
2nd Lt Wilton W. Johnson
Capt Raynor E. Robertson (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Gordon S. Burlingame
1st Lt Leslie P. Cles

 

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