Mission#47 November 26, 1943 – Target: Bremen

Date: Nov 26, 43

Dispatched: 49 Aborts: 6      Mission: Support 2nd TF (120 B-17’s & 120 B-24’s)

Field Order: 191 Time Up/Down: 10:39 hrs 13:42 hrs

Leader: Major Duncan Target: Bremen

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

Group made landfall at Den Helder at 11:31 hrs, 27,000ft. At 11:50 hrs when Group over Emden, bombers were seen over sea to the north. No bombers at planned R/V point. Group flew on course to coverage with bombers coming from the North. Over Wilhelmshaven flak and contrails seen target area, believed to be first TF on way out. Actual R/V made with first box of bombers at point believed to be Gluckstadt at 12:07 hrs, 29,000ft. Rest of bombers considerably strung out making adequate escort difficult. Flew course with the bombers until 12:14 hrs leaving them just prior to target. On way out Group overtook first TF near Wolvega. P-47 escort plentiful. Left enemy coast at Ijmuiden 12:52 hrs, 22,000ft. Effective smoke screen over Emden. Meagre flak Leeuwarden, Emden, Ijmuiden. One B-17 seen heading northwest vicinity Wesermunde. One B-17 seen under formation heading west vicinity of Heerenveen. One B-17 seen on fire vicinity Assin. Radio whine intense. A 5 or 6 ship convoy seen heading south between Borkum Island and Roodeschool. Capt. Rose and Lt. Thistlethwaite of Group HQ participated in the mission.

350th: Capt Pidduck. T/U 10:40 hrs. T/D 13:40 hrs. Total flight time 3:00 hrs. Entered enemy coast 15 miles north of Egmond at 27,000ft. Proceeded over Emden at 12:05. R/V with bombers over Emden. Swept around right of bombers and came right out, due to gas [Shortage]. Flak seen over Emden; poor height. Came out over enemy coast north of Den Helder. No e/a seen. Weather: Middle cloud 3/10 over target. Horizontal visibility good. Vertical fair. Contrails at 32,000ft.

Major Ben Rimerman (Sqdn Ldr aborts)
1st Lt Joseph F. Furness
1st Lt Wayne K. Blickenstaff
1st Lt Tom Lorance
Capt Wilford F. Hurst (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt William F. Tanner
1st Lt Melvin P. Dawson
2nd Lt Richard A. Stearns
Capt Stanley R. Pidduck (Flt Ldr and then Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt Walter L. Angelo
1st Lt John L. Devane
1st Lt John Zolner
1st Lt John Sullivan (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Roland N. McKean
1st Lt Robert N. Ireland
2nd Lt Chauncey Rowan
Capt Dewey E. Newhart
1st Lt Francis T. Walsh

351st: Capt Beckham. T/U 10:30 hrs. T/D 13:35 hrs. Total flight time 3:05 hrs. Route: In at Den Helder – to Emden – R/V W of Wesermunde – out at Texel Island.

Capt Walter C. Beckham (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt Irving Toppel
Capt Frederick H. Lefebre
1st Lt Frank N. Emory
Major Shannon Christian*
1st Lt William J. Maguire
1st Lt George N. Ahles
2nd Lt John G. Treitz
2nd Lt Frank J. Mincik
2nd Lt George F. Perpente
F/O Cletus Peterson
2nd Lt Francis L. Edwards
2nd Lt Richard D. Stanley
1st Lt Francis N. King
2nd Lt Hassell D. Stump
2nd Lt Don M. Hurlburt

*Interesting that Major Christian flew the mission as he had left the Squadron to go to Wing HQ November 10, 1943.

352nd: Unknown. T/U T/D Total flight time

[**NB the flight plan and mission roster are missing from Squadron records. If anyone has details please get in touch]

Lts. Streit and Jordan landed at Framlingham and stayed overnight.

Group Aborts/Early Returns

42-8664 ABT oil leak ?
42-7904 ABT engine cut out SX-F
42-8376 ABT oil leak SX-Q
42-8001 ABT gas line broke LH-V
42-8393 ABT prop out LH-Q
42-8478 ABT belly tank wouldn’t release YJ-Y
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