Date: Jan 29, 44
Dispatched: 33 Aborts: 1
Mission: Escort (Freelance Support to 1, 2, 3 ATF). Field Order: 226
Time Up/Down: 09:11 hrs. 12:25 hrs.
Target: Frankfurt Leader: Major Bailey
Claims Air: 00-00-00 Claims Ground: 00-00-00 Lost/Damaged: 00-00
Group made L/F flying 132 degrees, solid overcast. No ground checks throughout mission. R/V first ATF 10:40 hrs, 26,000ft. Bomber formation very good. Withdrew 10:52 hrs along incoming bomber route passing 2nd and 3rd ATFs. Intense accurate flak believed Koln. Many friendly fighters seen. No e/a seen. No HQ pilots.
350th: Capt. Pidduck. T/U 09:15 hrs. T/D 12:15 hrs. Total flight time 03:00 hrs. L/F on course 10:01, 20,000ft. R/V on course 10:45, 30,000ft. B-17s excellent. P-38 and P-51 giving close support. Flak heavy concentration heavy Ruhr valley accurate. Solid overcast enemy territory except vicinity Brussels where ground could be seen through haze. Air to air visibility good.
|Capt||Stanley R.||Pidduck||(Sqdn Ldr)|
|1st Lt||Robert N.||Ireland|
|1st Lt||Wayne K.||Blickenstaff||(Flt Ldr)|
|1st Lt||Robert S.||Hart|
|1st Lt||Francis T.||Walsh|
|1st Lt||Joseph F.||Furness|
|Capt||Dewey E.||Newhart||(Flt Ldr)|
|1st Lt||John H.||Winder|
|1st Lt||Charles O.||Durant|
|Capt||Wilford F.||Hurst||(Flt Ldr)|
|1st Lt||Richard A.||Stearns|
|2nd Lt||William F.||Tanner|
|Capt||Robert E.||Fortier||(Flt Ldr with 352nd)||LH-A|
|1st Lt||Roland N.||Mckean||(with 352nd )||LH-H|
|1st Lt||Carl W.||Mueller||(with 352nd)||LH-F|
351st: None. T/U 09:05 hrs. T/D 11:35 hrs. Total flight time 02:30 hrs. Route: Due to assignment of new planes, a one man flight was dispatched. He in turn was forced to return early due to his motor cutting out (Lt. Stump) [Lts. Emory and Treitz were not counted as they were not given a credit for the mission. Lt. Stump was awarded a single credit].
|2nd Lt||Hassell D.||Stump||YJ-K||42-8674|
|1st Lt||Frank N.||Emory||YJ-V||42-7958|
|2nd Lt||John G.||Treitz||YJ-U||42-22771|
352nd: Major Bailey. T/U 09:11 hrs. T/D 12:22 hrs. Total flight time 03:11 hrs. Free lance escort to First, Second and Third Task Forces. [L/F] unknown but believed to be on course and on time. Were flying north of course and passed over vicinity of Cologne when a right orbit was made and R/Vd with bombers on course at [??]. All combat wings of B-17s and B-24s flying in excellent formation stacked up to 30,000 ft. Several fighter groups including the P-47s, P-38s and P-51s observed escorting the bombers. Withdrew at 10:50 hrs. [L/F out] unknown but believed to be on course and on time. Intense, accurate, heavy flak of barrage type from Cologne. A flight of three ships crossing English coast at 27,000 ft on return course encountered about ten bursts of accurate flak from Felixstowe area. Reception on “C” channel faint. White #2 contacted Goldsmith 1-1 who reported bombers a few minutes late. 10/10ths overcast, tops of about 3,000 ft over Continent. Course: Landfall, R/V Huy, Withdraw, Landfall out, home.
|Major||William B.||Bailey||(Sqdn Ldr)||SX-K|
|2nd Lt||Richard V.||Keywan||SX-O|
|1st Lt||Leslie P.||Cles||SX-G|
|1st Lt||Charles W.||Kipfer||SX-R|
|Capt||Charles J.||Hoey||(Flt Ldr)||SX-I|
|2nd Lt||Joseph A.||Schillinger||SX-J|
|2nd Lt||Clifford F.||Armstrong||SX-F|
|2nd Lt||Hildreth R.||Owens*||SX-D|
|1st Lt||Jesse W.||Gonnam||(Flt Ldr)||SX-U|
|1st Lt||William J.||Jordan||SX-T|
|1st Lt||Robert A.||Newman||SX-N|
|2nd Lt||Glenn G.||Callans||SX-Y|
|1st Lt||Gordon S.||Burlingame*||(Spare)||SX-C|
*Lts. Owens and Burlingame flew in a composite flight in the Squadron with aircraft from the 350th Squadron. Line up was Fortier, Mueller, McKean, Owens and Burlingame.
|42-7958||ERTN oil leak on windshield||YJ-V||Lt. Emory flying.|
|42-22771||ERTN belly tank not drawing||YJ-U||Lt. Treitz flying|
|42-8674||ERTN engine cutting out||YJ-K||Lt. Stump flying.|