Mission#33 October 9, 1943 – Target Danzig/Gydnia

Date: Oct 9, 43

Dispatched: 52 Aborts: 4

Mission: General withdrawal support to 2nd TF 120 B-17’s Field Order: 152

Time Up/Down: 15:48 hrs 18:23 hrs Leader: Major Duncan

Target: Danzig/Gyndia

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

Group made landfall at Den Helder, 24,000ft, 16:40 hrs. Made a left turn just north west of Leeuwarden at 16:50 hrs. Saw bombers directly ahead. Swept in behind and positioned themselves with bombers at 17:05 hrs. Made landfall at Cromer at 17:50 hrs. Formation covered a wide area abreast. No e/a seen. Weak flak from Den Helder and Leeuwarden. Accurate for height inaccurate for direction. Several B17s seen flying clear from rendezvous to home base, but [radio] whine still persistent. Lt. Thistlethwaite of Gp HQ participating.

350th: Major Duncan. T/U 15:35 hrs. 18:15 hrs. T/D Total flight time 2:40 hrs. One returned early due to belly tank trouble [no further details]. Major Duncan led the Squadron and made contact with the bombers at the proper altitude and proper place. No enemy action seen.

Major   Glenn E. Duncan (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt   Alan W. Lowe
1st Lt   Melvin P. Dawson
2nd Lt   Robert N. Ireland
Capt   Stanley R. Pidduck (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt   Richard A. Stearns
2nd Lt   William J. Price
2nd Lt   Robert C. Peters
1st Lt   Wilford F. Hurst (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt   William F. Tanner
1st Lt   John L. Devane
2nd Lt   John Zolner
Capt   Dewey E. Newhart (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt   John H. Winder
1st Lt   William W. Odom
1st Lt   Tom Lorance
2nd Lt   Francis T. Walsh
2nd Lt   Dwight A. Fry

351st: Major Christian. T/U 15:40 hrs. T/D 18:34 hrs. Total flight time 2:54 hrs. Route: In south of Texel Islands, Leeuwarden, north out to sea, back to base.

Major   Shannon Christian (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt   William T. Thistlethwaite
1st Lt   Francis N. King
2nd Lt   Richard D. Stanley
Capt   Walter C. Beckham (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt   Gordon B. Compton
1st Lt   William J. Maguire
2nd Lt   Benedict E Kraft
Capt   Jack R. Walsh (Flt Ldr)
F/O   Joseph E. Wood
1st Lt   William R. Burkett
2nd Lt   Lloyd A. Thornell
Capt   Orville A. Kinkade (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt   Herbert K. Field
1st Lt   Harry F. Hunter
2nd Lt   Francis L. Edwards
2nd Lt   Harold J. Morris
1st Lt   Vic L. Byers

Aborts/Early returns

42-7987   ABT pilot error   YJ-J

352nd: Major Bailey. T/U 15:53 hrs. T/D 18:17 hrs. Total flight time 2:24 hrs. Withdrawal support to bombers. Mission carried out as directed. Reached rendezvous on time but bombers were several minutes late. One B-17 with wheels down dropped out to left of formation about 50 miles east of Englisg coast and one flight followed it down until it disappeared in the overcast. Some difficulty was experienced in picking out assigned boxes because bombers were flying a spread out ine abreast formation. Twelve [aircraft] down at Metfield [and] four down at Thorpe Abbots.

Major   William B. Bailey (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt   Edison G. Stiff
1st Lt   Clinton H. Sperry
2nd Lt   Clifford Armstrong
Capt   Charles J. Hoey (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt   Joseph Schillinger
2nd Lt   Gordon L. Willits
2nd Lt   Victor L. Vogel
Capt   Raynor E. Robertson (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt   Harry H. Dustin
1st Lt   Gordon S. Burlingame
1st Lt   Charles W. Kipfer
1st Lt   Wilbert H. Juntilla (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt   Hildreth Owens
1st Lt   Edward M. Fogarty
2nd Lt   Donald J. Corrigan
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