Mission#73 February 4, 1944 – Target: Frankfurt.

Date: Feb 4, 44

Dispatched: 45 Aborts: 2

Mission: Withdrawal support to 2nd ATF, 360 B-17’s (3rd Div)

Field Order: 234 Target: Frankfurt

Time Up/Down: 11:47 hrs     14:24 hrs Leader: Lt Col Rimerman

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

Group made L/F at Flushing, 21,000ft, 12:25 hrs. Flew on course to planned R/V where 1st Div B-17s and some B-24s were met at 12:52 hrs, 25,000ft. 10/10ths overcast – no check points. Proceeded to Brussels area on Parker’s instructions. Out enemy coast at Ostend 13:40 hrs, 15,000ft. Individual boxes in good formation. Winds appeared less than forecast. No e/a seen. Shortly after L/F in, Group observed bombers escorted by P-38s and some P-47s on way out. When Group coming out enemy coast many boxes of 3rd Div bombers seen in mid Channel flying towards the Straits of Dover. Lt Col. Rimerman, 1st Lt. Herfurth and 1st Lt. Thistlethwaite of Group HQ participated.

350th: Lt Col. Rimerman. T/U 11:45 hrs. T/D 14:20 hrs. Total flight time 02:35 hrs. L/F in on course at 12:22 hrs, 20,000ft. R/V with bombers on course, 12:52 hrs, 24,000ft. Fairly good. No e/a. L/F left bombers. Left coast Ostend, 13:40 hrs. 5/10th at 3000ft layer of patchy cirrus at 18,000ft.

Lt Col Ben Rimerman (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt Melvin P. Dawson
2nd Lt Kenneth Chetwood
1st Lt John Zolner
1st Lt John L. Devane (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Tom Lorance
1st Lt William F. Tanner
1st Lt Richard A. Stearns
Capt Charles W. Dinse (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Wayne K. Blickenstaff
1st Lt Robert S. Hart
Capt Robert E. Fortier (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Carl W. Mueller
1st Lt Joseph F. Furness
1st Lt Chauncey Rowan

351st: Major Beckham. T/U 11:40 hrs. T/D 14:20 hrs. Total flight time 02:40 hrs. Route: In at Flushing, over Stavelot, out at Flushing. Flushing at 12:25 hrs at 26,000ft. Good close formation. P-38s seen coming out while Squadron going in. 8 P-51s seen with bombers on R/V. P-47s seen going in when Squadron coming out. Stavelot (estimated) at 13:05 hrs at 25,000ft. Flushing at 13:29 hrs at 16,000ft. Balloon, shaped like barrage balloon, seen at St. Trond at 20,000ft. Aircraft seen taxiing on St. Inglevert airfield. 1 abort oil leak [this does not fit with the 3 aborts and1 early return reported in other Squadron records].

Major Walter C. Beckham (Sqdn Ldr) YJ-X
2nd Lt William T. Thistlethwaite YJ-R
1st Lt George N. Ahles YJ-A
2nd Lt Irving Toppel YJ-I
1st Lt William R. Burkett (Flt Ldr) YJ-B
2nd Lt Hassell D. Stump YJ-N
2nd Lt John G. Treitz YJ-P
2nd Lt Harry D. Milligan YJ-Y
1st Lt Gordon B. Compton (Flt Ldr) YJ-D
F/O Joseph E. Wood YJ-W
2nd Lt Herbert K. Field YJ-F
2nd Lt Don M. Hurlburt YJ-H
2nd Lt Francis L. Edwards (Flt Ldr) YJ-M 42-75114
2nd Lt Edgar J. Albert (Relay) YJ-H
Capt Frederick H. Lefebre YJ-L
2nd Lt Jack Terzian YJ-G
1st Lt Harry F. Hunter YJ-P

352nd: Capt. Robertson. T/U 11:52 hrs. T/D 14:21 hrs. Total flight time 02:29 hrs. Withdrawal support to 2nd ATF (3rd Div) B-17s. 1 abort (Capt. Robertson-oil leak). Landfall made over Flushing, 23,000 ft, 12:28 hrs. R/V with 24 CWs of B-17s near Malmedy at 12:42 at 24,000ft. Bombers were believed to be of the 1st Div. One CW of B-24s seen in the immediate vicinity. Bomber formation was good, close and easy to cover. Observed other P-47s and P-38s. Left bombers at 22,000ft over Brussels at 13:15hrs. Left coast at Knocke at 13:28 at 20,000ft. No unusual flak. R/T exceptionally good. No sea activity. 8 to 9/10 cloud coverage prevailed over the continent with tops at 24,000ft. Parts of the continent were observed to be covered with snow. Course: Landfall, R/V, withdraw, landfall out, home.

Capt Raynor E. Robertson (Sqdn Ldr) SX-S
1st Lt Herman Herfurth SX-E
1st Lt Gordon L. Willits SX-X
1st Lt Charles W. Kipfer SX-Q
Capt Wilbert H. Juntilla (Flt Ldr) SX-F
2nd Lt Richard V. Keywan SX-Y
1st Lt Gordon S. Burlingame SX-G
2nd Lt Hildreth R. Owens SX-D?
Capt Charles J. Hoey (Flt Ldr) SX-A
2nd Lt William S. Marchant SX-N
1st Lt Robert P. Geurtz SX-D?
2nd Lt Joseph A. Schillinger SX-J
1st Lt Edward M. Fogarty (Flt Ldr) SX-O
1st Lt William J. Jordan SX-T
2nd Lt Donald J. Corrigan SX-Z
2nd Lt Maurice Morrison SX-R
1st Lt James N. Poindexter SX-H

Group ERTN/Aborts:

42-75114 ABT no belly tank pressure YJ-M Lt. Edwards flying.
42-75676 ABT rough engine ?*
42-8378 ERTN gas smell in oxygen system LH-?
42-8005 ERTN tach out LH-?

*This could be Capt. Robertson from the 352nd. For some unknown reason the other aborts or early returns from the 351st by Capt. Lefebre and Lts. Hunter and Terzian were not recorded by the Group.


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