Mission#28 September 27, 1943 – Target Emden

This mission saw the first use by the Group of the new 108 gallon belly tank which also meant that it was the first time the Group’s P-47’s could stay with the bombers all the way to the target in Germany. Emden was home to U-Boat yards and the Luftwaffe rose in force to contest the attack.

Date: Sept 27, 43

Dispatched: 39 Aborts: 0

Mission: General support to 1st TF, 180 B-17’s Field Order: 146/9

Time Up/Down: 08:42 hrs 11:33 hrs Leader: Major Duncan

Target: Emden

Claims Air: 07-00-04 Claims Ground: 00-00-00 Lost/Damaged: 00-04

The Group sighted the 2nd Task Force shortly after leaving the English coast. As Group passed over them, 1st Task Force was seen ahead. Dropped belly tanks at 09:41 hrs and R/V’d with the bombers AT 09:46 hrs. Support facilitated because bombers were on time and on course over entire route. Landfall at 09:51 hrs, I.P. at 09:55 hrs and target at 10:00 hrs. Break in clouds over target enable[d] Group to observe well concentrated bombing at target. Came out with bombers at 23,000 ft, leaving them at sea North of Terschilling Isle at 10:33 hrs. Contact with bombers successful on channel. South of Groninzin, 350th Fighter Sq saw 12 plus e/a flying east at approximately 30,000ft. Maj. Rimerman took his Sq through the cirrus clouds, made a fet [sic] turn and during the following engagement  three Me109s were destroyed, one Me109 probably destroyed and 2 Me109s damaged. One flight of 351st Fighter Sq engaged 12 plus e/a in target area destroying 2 Me109s and damaging another. Another flight  sighted 8 e/a  destroying 1 Me109 and damaging another. Two pilots fired at e/a but made no claims pending assessment of films. One e/a firing at second box of bombers with four 20mm guns – two under each wing from approximately 2000 yards. It is notable that during this mission e/a showed willingness to mix it with our fighters which is contrary to usual enemy fighter tactics as experienced by this Group. Another interesting point is that many engagements took place around 30,000 to 31,000ft. One B17 headed out to sea – inboard engine on fire before reaching target. Two B17s seen to break formation and head out to sea after target run. Three red flares, possibly directional marker seen as if suspended at 25,000ft over Emden. Fifteen large freighters heading midway Zuider Sea [sic] and Emden. Pilot coming back home on deck fired from 200-300 yards and saw strikes on three of them. Radio good but had persistent loud whine. Moderate flak from Emden and Borkum areas. Capt. Stafford and Lt. Herfurth of the Group HQ participated.

350th: Major Rimerman. T/U 08:44 hrs. T/D 11:44 hrs. Total flight time 3:00 hrs. Tentative claims against e/a: three Me109s destroyed, one Me109 probably destroyed, and two Me109s damaged. Major Rimerman claims one Me109 destroyed. Delivered attack after getting on tail. The Me109 burst into flames. Capt. Newhart pulled his flight up above cirrus fog to about 30,000ft. Met a flight of about 12 grey Me109s. Capt Newhart and Lt Odom turned inside the flight leading ship, both firing long bursts. The Me109 burst into flames. Capt. Newhart and Lt. Odom both claim the same Me109 destroyed. Lt. Fry flying wing to Major Rimerman followed a second Me109 down at the same time Major Rimerman destroyed the ship as reported above. Lt. Fry confirms Major Rimerman’s victory. Lt. Fry pressed home attach on this second Me109, observed strikes, and the Me109 went into a spin. Lt. Fry claims one Me109 destroyed. Capt. Newhart attacked a second Me109 after he and Lt. Odom had destroyed the first. The attack was delivered from the rear of the Me109, the Me109 rolled over and blue smoke came out. Capt. Newhart claims one Me109 damaged. After flights were split up in combat Lt. Rosenberg attacked an Me109 getting on its tail. He got in a long burst, observed sparks fly from the fuselage and right wing. Lt. Rosenberg broke off combat at this point to avoid an attack from another E/A. Lt. Rosenberg claims one Me109 damaged. Capt. Fortier fired a burst on the tail of an Me109, observed no results, then took evasive action to deck to shake e/a off his tail. Capt. Fortier came home later, alone on the deck, he makes no claim. Lt. Durant took evasive action from e/a, came home on deck. Fired at a convoy of about 15 ships just south of Terschelling Island. Observed hits on 2 vessels which he thought were large freighters. Lt. Odom attacked a second Me109. Turning with the Me109 Lt. Odom fired a long sustained burst. He observed a bright blinding flash come from the Me109. Lt. Odom claims one Me109 probably destroyed [destroyed in other records]. Capt. Pidduck delivered 3 short attacks on 3 separate 109s. No claims are made. Lt. Rosenberg delivered a short attack on a second Me109 but makes no claims. 3 P-47s sustained battle damage. Dog fights occurred in vicinity south of target beginning at altitude about 30,000ft. Lt. Furness fired short burst at Me109 from head on position. No claim is made. Lt. Lowe delivered attacks on e/a. Complete story not yet available. Lt Lowe crash landed at Ludham, reason unknown.

Major Ben Rimerman (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt Alan W. Lowe LH-O 42-8394
1st Lt Wayne K. Blickenstaff LH-U 42-7988
2nd Lt Robert N. Ireland
Capt Robert E. Fortier (Flt Ldr) 42-7903
2nd Lt Charles O. Durant 42-8005
1st Lt John Sullivan
2nd Lt Roland N. McKean
Capt Stanley R. Pidduck (Flt Ldr)
Capt John B. Rose
1st Lt John L. Devane
2nd Lt John Zolner
Capt Dewey E. Newhart (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Francis T. Walsh
1st Lt William W. Odom
2nd Lt Joseph Rosenberg
2nd Lt Joseph F. Furness
2nd Lt Dwight A. Fry
1st Lt Tom Lorance
2nd Lt Robert C. Peters

351st: Major Christian. T/U 08:32 hrs. T/D 10:50 hrs. Total flight time 2:18 hrs. Route from advanced base R/V with bombers near Borkum Island went south to Emden, out over West Frisian Islands. Capt. Kinkade and Lts. Maguire and Hunter claimed Me109s destroyed.  Capt. Kinkade and Lts. Maguire also claimed one Me109 damaged each. Lt. Perpente ran out of fuel and made dead-stick landing at field near Orfordness and returned later.

Major Shannon Christian (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt Jack Terzian
1st Lt William J. Maguire
2nd Lt Edgar J. Albert
2nd Lt Harold J. Morris
2nd Lt Francis L. Edwards
2nd Lt Herbert K. Field
Capt Orville A. Kinkade (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt George F. Perpente
1st Lt Harry F. Hunter
Capt Charles L. Stafford
1st Lt Frank N. Emory
Capt Jack R. Walsh

352nd: Major Duncan. T/U 08:42 hrs. T/D 11:15 hrs. Total flight time 2:33 hrs. General support of bombers: Emden. No contacts reported. Flight plan as per Squadron records.

2nd Lt Donald J. Corrigan
Capt Raynor E. Robertson (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Leroy W. Ista
1st Lt Leslie P. Cles
1st Lt James N. Poindexter
1st Lt Thomas J. Forkin (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Jesse W. Gonnam
2nd Lt Edison G. Stiff
1st Lt Gordon S. Burlingame
2nd Lt Victor L. Vogel
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2 responses to “Mission#28 September 27, 1943 – Target Emden

  1. David McCloskey

    Now they’re really starting to mix it up!!! This is like reading a chapter in a book once a week. Keep it up!!!

  2. Thanks for the encouragement David. You can certainly see the Group’s growing confidence. Though the 108 gallon tanks helped them get to where the Luftwaffe felt it had to fight also. There were no operational USAAF Mustangs around at this point in the war either…

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