Mission#42 November 7, 1943 – Target: Duren

Date: Nov 7, 43

Dispatched: 39 Aborts:7

Mission: General support to 2nd TF (3rd Div) 80 B-17’s. Field Order: 172

Time Up/Down: 09:30 hrs 12:22 hrs Leader: Lt Col. McCollom

Target: Duren

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

Group made landfall west of Zeebrugge at 10:12 hrs, 24,500ft. Due to complete overcast ground references are conjectured but believe planned course was followed to R/V point. No bombers seen until possibly Eupen when bombers sighted to the north. R/V made vicinity of Maeseyek at 11:19 hrs, 30,000ft. Escorting then to south of Gilze Rijen leaving them at 11:30 hrs. Out enemy coast over Schouwen Island 11:42 hrs, 25,000ft. 1st box of bombers approx 40 in good formation, 2nd box of 20+ considerably strung out. First TF seen coming from northeast vicinity of Asten in good formation. No stragglers. No e/a. Bursts of flak Ghent going in, Dutch Islands coming out. Accurate height, inaccurate direction. Moderate flak from neighbourhood target area, possibly Aachen. Smoke screen believed around target area. From above account it would appear that bombers did not fly planned course. Radio whine intense. Capt. Rose and Lt. Thistlethwaite from Group HQ participated.

350th: Lt Col. McCollom. T/U 09:30 hrs. T/D 12:20 hrs. Total flight time 2:50 hrs. Course L/F over Bruges to 50 degree 00 n, 05 degree 00 E to Duren to 51 degree 20 N to O5 degree 20 E to home. Lt Col. McCollom led the Squadron with Major Rimerman leading the second element. Squadron carried further in than planned by strong wind and had to orbit a while to make R/V with bombers. No e/a encountered, no ground or sea activities observed. Flak negligible except for several heavy bursts accurate as to course and height but slightly behind Capt Newhart’s ship over Dutch Island on course out. Weather 10/10 overcast except over Dutch islands on course out. Three aborts: one gun trouble, one radio and one belly tank.

Lt Col Loren McCollom (Gp Ldr)
Capt John B. Rose
1st Lt William W. Odom
2nd Lt Robert S. Hart
Capt Dewey E. Newhart (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Francis T. Walsh
1st Lt Charles W. Dinse
2nd Lt John H. Winder
Major Ben Rimerman (Sqdn Ldr & Dep Gp Ldr)
1st Lt Tom Lorance
1st Lt John L. Devane
1st Lt John Zolner
Capt Wilford F. Hurst (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Melvin P. Dawson
1st Lt William J. Price
2nd Lt William F. Tanner
1st Lt Charles O. Durant P30 LH-B

351st: Capt. Beckham. T/U 09:30 hrs. T/D 12:20 hrs. Total flight time 2:50 hrs. Route: In NE of Ostend to Dinant, R/V at Duren and out to Schouwen Island.

Capt Walter C. Beckham (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt William T. Thistlethwaite
Capt Frederick H. Lefebre R31 YJ-L
1st Lt William J. Maguire R65 YJ-M
1st Lt Gordon B. Compton (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Edgar J. Albert
2nd Lt Don M. Hurlburt R32 YJ-D
1st Lt George N. Ahles

352nd: Major Bailey. T/U 09:33 hrs. T/D 12:25 hrs. Total flight time 2:52 hrs. Target Support. Squadron led by Major Bailey made landfall at 10:12 hrs at 24,000ft. Made R/V three minutes late and proceeded to target area. Made landfall out over Dunkirk.

Major William B. Bailey (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt Clifford F. Armstrong
1st Lt Jesse W. Gonnam
1st Lt Gordon L. Willits
1st Lt Wilbert H. Juntilla (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Charles W. Kipfer W42 SX-H
1st Lt Edward M. Fogarty
2nd Lt Maurice Morrison
Capt Raynor E. Robertson (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Edison G. Stiff W56 SX-J
1st Lt Gordon S. Burlingame
2nd Lt William S. Marchant W32 SX-Y
1st Lt Thomas J. Forkin (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt William J. Jordan
1st Lt Robert A. Newman
2nd Lt Glenn C. Callans

Group Aborts/ERTNs/Damaged:

42-7940 ABT   glass elbow cracked LH-M
42-74669 ABT belly   tank cut out LH-O
42-74618 ABT   radio out [s/n crtd] LH-?
42-8664 ABT   gyro inst and air speed ind out ?
42-8396 ERTN   escort SX-T
42-22470 ERTN   escort SX-?
42-8687 ABT oil   temperature SX-R

*The Control Tower Log also records YJ-A returned to base 10:18 hrs, but I have no further information on this currently.

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