Mission#49 November 30, 1943 – Target: Solingen

Date: Nov 30, 43

Dispatched: 47 Aborts: 4 Mission: Target support to 1st Div 300 B-17’s.

Field Order: 193 Target: Solingen

Time Up/Down: 09:58 hrs 12:44 hrs Leader: Major Rimerman

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

Group passed over Schouwen Island on time at 10:52 hrs. Flew on course to point 11:13 hrs, continued five minutes beyond, when no bombers seen left turn was made and northern course flown until 11:22 hrs. Thinking bombers to be late another left turn was made and course 270 degrees flown until 11:30 hrs. Still no bombers seen so Group leader then forced to turn for home. Return to base leaving enemy coast over Schouwen Island out 11:57 hrs, 26,000ft. On way in one combat wing of B-17s picked up in mid Channel who appeared to abort over Dutch Islands. Coming out at 11:30 hrs Group of P-38s passed flying east. At 11:37 hrs, 4 boxes of B-17s coming in paralleling our course to the north. Group of P-47s seen coming in north of Antwerp and another Group just off the Dutch Islands. Both fighter and bomber intercom on C channel inland from enemy coast unsuccessful. No e/a seen. Usual R/T whine. Meagre flak Dutch Islands and at point believed to be Deln. Capt. Stafford, Rose and Major Rimerman of Group participated.

350th: Capt Pidduck. T/U 10:05 hrs. T/D 13:00 hrs. Total flight time 2:55 hrs. Squadron met bomber formation about mid Channel. As continental coast was reached, bombers made right turn over Dutch islands and went back. Squadron proceeded on course to Julien flew 7 minutes beyond R/V then flew north for about 5 minutes. Picked up heading and flew course out. No e/a seen. Weather: solid overcast over Channel and continent, 10/10 over target area. Middle and low clouds. Contrails at 22,000ft. Horizontal visibility good. Vertical visibility poor.

Capt Stanley R. Pidduck (Sqdn Ldr)
Capt John B. Rose
1st Lt William J. Price
1st Lt Joseph F. Furness
Capt Wilford F. Hurst (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt William F. Tanner
1st Lt Melvin P. Dawson
2nd Lt Richard A. Stearns
1st Lt Charles O. Durant
1st Lt Robert N. Ireland
2nd Lt Chauncey Rowan
1st Lt Wayne K. Blickenstaff (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Tom Lorance
1st Lt John L. Devane
1st Lt John Zolner
2nd Lt Joseph Rosenberg

351st: Major Rimerman. T/U 09:50 hrs. T/D 12:40 hrs Total flight time 2:50 hrs. Route: In at Haamstede – to N of Duren – to Solingen – out over Flakkee Island.

Major Ben Rimerman (Sqdn & Gp Ldr)
2nd Lt Hassell D. Stump
Capt Charles L. Stafford
F/O Joseph E. Wood
Capt Frederick H. Lefebre
2nd Lt Don M. Hurlburt
1st Lt David C. Kenney
2nd Lt John G. Treitz
2nd Lt Irving Toppel
1st Lt Vic L. Byers
2nd Lt Jack Terzian
2nd Lt Harold J. Morris
1st Lt William R. Burkett
1st Lt Vernon A. Leatherman
2nd Lt Frank J. Mincik
1st Lt Francis N. King
2nd Lt Edgar J. Albert

352nd: Capt. Robertson. T/U T/D Total flight time [** NB times are missing from Squadron records]. Squadron made landfall at Cape Gris Nez at 11:02 hrs. Proceeded on course and made left hand turn over target. One P-47 was observed to be hit by flak causing a large black puff of smoke with flames trailing. Made landfall out at Cape Gris Nez at 11:20 hrs.

Capt Raynor E. Robertson (Sqdn Ldr)
2nd Lt Maurice Morrison
1st Lt James N. Poindexter
2nd Lt Edison G. Stiff
1st Lt Edward M. Fogarty (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Leroy W. Ista
1st Lt Leslie P. Cles
2nd Lt William S. Marchant
1st Lt Thomas J. Forkin (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt William J. Jordan
1st Lt Robert A. Newman
2nd Lt Glenn G. Callans
1st Lt Jesse W. Gonnam (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Gordon L. Willits
1st Lt Gordon S. Burlingame
1st Lt Francis T. Walsh (350th)

Group Aborts/Early Returns:

42-8398 ABT   belly tank wouldn’t draw LH-?
42-7903 ABT   supercharger not working LH-?
42-8478 ABT   stay brace on belly tank broke YJ-Y
42-22483 ABT   belly tank not drawing gas YJ-G
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