Mission#30 October 3, 1943 Fighter Sweep

Date: Oct 3, 43

Dispatched: 40 Aborts: 1

Mission: Fighter Sweep Field Order: 12

Time Up/Down: 15:39 hrs 17:28 hrs Leader: Major Rimerman

Target: Ghent area

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

Group made landfall over Dunkirk at 16;28 hrs. Flew over Ghent AT 16:36 hrs and out over Nieuwe Sluis, 28, 000ft, 16:42 hrs. Eight to twelve e/a observed over Antwerp area at 29,000ft as the Group was leaving enemy coast. Roughman Yellow 1 and 3 turned towards these aircraft who immediately dove for the deck in line astern. No flak encountered. R/T whine extreme. Visibility good. Capt. Stafford flew as a spare and Lt. Thistlethwaite acted as a spotter.

350th: Major Rimerman. T/U 15:39 hrs. T/D 17:20 hrs. Total flight time 1:41 hrs. All returned safely. Group led by Major Rimerman over planned course. No enemy action, no flak and no ground or sea activity was observed. The weather was excellent and visibility good.

Major   Ben Rimerman   (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt   John H. Winder
1st Lt   Charles W. Dinse
2nd Lt   Robert S. Hart
Capt   Robert E. Fortier   (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt   Chauncey Rowan
1st Lt   John Sullivan
2nd Lt   Carl W. Mueller
1st Lt   Wilford F. Hurst   (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt   Walter B. Stone
1st Lt   Melvin P. Dawson
2nd Lt   Richard A. Stearns
1st Lt   Alan W. Lowe

351st: Major Christian. T/U 15:41 hrs. T/D 17:35 hrs. Total flight time 1:54 hrs. Route: In at Mardyck, Ghent, out south of Walchern Islands.

Major   Shannon Christian   (Sqdn Ldr)
F/O   Cletus Peterson
1st Lt   David C. Kenney
2nd Lt   Irving Toppel
Capt   Frederick H. Lefebre
2nd Lt   Don M. Hurlburt
2nd Lt   John G. Treitz
2nd Lt   Harry D. Milligan
Capt   Jack R. Walsh
Capt   Walter C. Beckham
F/O   Joseph E. Wood
1st Lt   Vic L. Byers
2nd Lt   Jack Terzian
2nd Lt   Frank J. Mincik
1st Lt   George N. Ahles
Capt   Charles L. Stafford
2nd Lt   Richard D. Stanley
2nd Lt   William T. Thistlethwaite

352nd: Major Bailey. T/U 15:43 hrs. T/D 17:12 hrs. Total flight time 1:29 hrs. Course: Mardyck, Ghent and Flushing. Squadron took off with Major Bailey leading. Squadron set course and made landfall over Dunkirk five minutes early. Proceeded along course nearly as possible and left coast at Flushing. Neither flak nor enemy action observed.

Major   William B. Bailey   (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt   Edison G. Stiff   Early return no credit
1st Lt   Gordon S. Burlingame
2nd Lt   Joseph A. Schillinger
1st Lt   Edward M. Fogarty   (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt   Harry H. Dustin
1st Lt   Charles W. Kipfer
2nd Lt   Richard V. Keywan
1st Lt   Wilbert H. Juntilla   (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt   Hildreth R. Owens
1st Lt   Leslie P. Cles
2nd Lt   Maurice Morrison
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