Mission#70 January 29, 1944 – Target: Frankfurt.

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 Tom Lorance
1st Lt Robert N. Ireland
1st Lt Chauncey Rowan
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 John Sullivan
1st Lt Charles O. Durant
Capt Wilford F. Hurst (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Richard A. Stearns
2nd Lt William F. Tanner
2nd Lt Kenneth Chetwood
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.

Group Aborts

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.


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