Mission#36 October 18, 1943 – Target Duren

Date: Oct 18, 43

Dispatched: 52 Aborts: 6

Mission: Withdrawal support  to 2nd TF 120 B-17’s Field Order: 162

Time Up/Down: 13:50 hrs 15:52 hrs Leader: Lt Col. McCollom

Target: Duren (Abortive)

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

Group crossed over the Schouwen Island at 14:46 hrs, 26,000ft. When over Turnhot at 15:00 hrs Group was advised by controller to return to home base [and] made right turn. Came out at Walcheren Island at 15:52 hrs, 30,000ft. At 14:56 hrs in vicinity of Woensdrecht leader advised to take up escort of 1st TF. Weather approx as forecasted. Visibility excellent. Capt. Rose, Lt. Thistlethwaite and Capt. Stafford of HQ participated.

350th: Major Rimerman. T/U 13:50 hr. T/D 15:45 hrs. Total flight time 1:55 hrs. 7 returned early, one belly tank trouble, one mechanical trouble, one instrument trouble, one pilot error and three as escort. The Squadron was led by Major Rimerman. Squadron entered coast over Schouwen Island and penetrated to vicinity of Turnhout. High cloud sat about 28,000ft over the continent. Some flak visible from the vicinity of Antwerp. [Lt Rosenberg landed at Harwich].

Major   Ben Rimerman (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt   Alan W. Lowe
Capt   John B. Rose
2nd Lt   John Zolner
Capt   Stanley R. Pidduck (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt   Walter B. Stone
1st Lt   William W. Odom
2nd Lt   Joseph Rosenberg LH-X  42-8634
Capt   Dewey E. Newhart (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt   Francis T. Walsh
1st Lt   Wayne K. Blickenstaff
2nd Lt   Walter L. Angelo
1st Lt   Wilford F. Hurst

351st: Major Christian. T/U 13:50 hrs. T/D 16:02 hrs. Total flight time 2:12 hrs. Route: In at Walcheren Islands to Turnout, orbited leaving coast at Haamstede.

Major   Shannon Christian (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt   William T. Thistlethwaite
Capt   Charles L. Stafford
2nd Lt   Harold J. Morris
Capt   Orville A. Kinkade
2nd Lt   Francis L. Edwards
1st Lt   Harry F. Hunter
2nd Lt   George F. Perpente
1st Lt   David C. Kenney
1st Lt   Gordon B. Compton
Capt   Frederick H. Lefebre
2nd Lt   Harry D. Milligan
2nd Lt   John G. Treitz
2nd Lt   Irving Toppel
Capt   Jack R. Walsh
F/O   Joseph E. Wood
1st Lt   William R. Burkett
2nd Lt   Lloyd A. Thornell
1st Lt   George N. Ahles
2nd Lt   Hassell D. Stump

352nd: Lt Col McCollom. T/U 15:50 hrs. T/D 15:51 hrs. Total flight time 2:01 hrs. This mission was recalled at Peers, pilots received single credit.

2nd Lt   Maurice Morrison
1st Lt   Gordon L. Willits
2nd Lt   Russell Moriarty SX-J     42-7910
2nd Lt   Clifford Armstrong
2nd Lt   William S. Marchant
2nd Lt   Edison G. Stiff
2nd Lt   William J. Jordan
2nd Lt   Glenn C. Callans
2nd Lt   Donald C. Corrigan
1st Lt   Jesse W. Gonnam
Capt   Charles W. Hoey (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt   Clinton H. Sperry
Capt   Raynor E. Robertson (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt   Robert P. Geurtz
1st Lt   Thomas J. Forkin (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt   Robert A. Newman
1st Lt   Edward M. Fogarty (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt   Leroy W. Ista

Group Abort/Early Returns:

42-8373 ERTN   belly tank wouldn’t draw LH-?
42-74618 ERTN   pilot illness LH-?
42-7909 ERTN   gyro out LH-?
42-8392 ERTN   escort LH-?
42- 8634 ERTN   escort LH-X
42-74736 ERTN   tach out YJ-U
42-74671 ERTN   belly tank wouldn’t release YJ-T

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