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|
|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|