Mission#75 February 6, 1944 -Target: Nancy Airfield.

Date: Feb 6, 44

Dispatched: 46 Aborts: 0

Mission: Penetration support to 2nd ATF, 300 B-17’s (1st Div)

Field Order: 236 Target: Nancy Airfield

Time Up/Down: 09:53 hrs     13:05 hrs Leader: Lt Col. Rimerman

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

Group made L/F over Gravelines 10:35 hrs, 21,000ft. R/V 1st Div B-17s 11:00 hrs, 17,000ft. 10/10 overcast no check points. Individual bombers generally in good close formation, however some CWs considerably separated from others. P-47s, 38s and 51s observed with bombers. No E/A seen. Left bombers 11:30 hrs making L/F out over Gravelines 12:25 hrs, 20,000ft. Lt Col. Rimerman, 1st Lt. Thistlethwaite and 1st Lt. Herfurth of Group HQ participated.

350th: Capt. Pidduck. T/U 09:58 hrs. T/D 12:57 hrs. Total flight time 02:59 hrs. L/F on course 10:36 hrs, 25,000ft. R/V with lead box on course at 11:00 hrs, 32,000ft. Close. P-38S, P-51, P-47. No e/a. Left bombers 11:30 hrs, 30,000ft. Left coast on course 12:25 hrs, 25,000ft. R/T normal. No flak. 10/10 strata cumulus overcast over enemy territory.

Capt Stanley R. Pidduck (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt Charles O. Durant
1st Lt John Zolner
1st Lt John H. Winder
1st Lt John Sullivan (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Chauncey Rowan
1st Lt Joseph F. Furness
1st Lt Carl W. Mueller
1st Lt John L. Devane (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Tom Lorance
1st Lt Wayne K. Blickenstaff
1st Lt Robert S. Hart
1st Lt William J. Price
1st Lt William F. Tanner

351st: Capt. Lefebre. T/U 09:58 hrs. T/D 13:10 hrs. Total flight time 03:12 hrs. Route: In at Gravelines, over Vitry, out at Calais. Gravelines at 10:35 hrsat 22,000ft. Unit unknown at Fromentieres at 11:06 hrsat 26,000ft. Good close bomber formation. Observed P-38s, P-51s and P-47s. Vitry at 11:28 hrs at 26,000ft. Calais at 12:26 hrs at 24,000ft. [2 early returns – Lt. Field mechanical trouble and F/O Peterson turbo trouble].

Capt Frederick H. Lefebre (Sqdn Ldr) YJ-L
1st Lt Harry F. Hunter YJ-H
1st Lt George N. Ahles YJ-A
2nd Lt George F. Perpente YJ-R
1st Lt Gordon B. Compton (Sqdn Ldr) YJ-O
2nd Lt Irving Toppel YJ-I
2nd Lt William T. Thistlethwaite YJ-X
2nd Lt Harry D. Milligan YJ-Y
Capt Vic L. Byers (Flt Ldr) YJ-W
2nd Lt John G. Treitz YJ-H
1st Lt William R. Burkett YJ-B
2nd Lt Jack Terzian YJ-P
1st Lt Frank N. Emory (Flt Ldr) YJ-S
2nd Lt Francis L. Edwards YJ-M
2nd Lt Herbert K. Field YJ-F 42-75570
F/O Cletus Peterson YJ-U

352nd: Lt Col. Rimerman. T/U 09:53 hrs. T/D 13:06 hrs. Total flight time 03:13 hrs. Penetration support to 2nd ATF B-17s (1st Div). Made landfall Mardyck at 10:36 hrs at 24,000ft. R/V with bombers at10:56 hrs, 26,000ft area unknown. Good close Wing formation in trail. P-38s, P-51s and P-47s. 6 E/A made one pass at the bombers just before we made R/V with them. We were unable to engage them. Left bombers at 11:28 hrs at 21,000ft, vicinity unknown. Left coast over Gravelines at 12:22 hrs at 20,000ft. Moderate, heavy flak from St. Omer, accurate for position but inaccurate for altitude. “A” channel good, “C” channel good while we were escorting the bombers. 2 small boats believed to have been landing craft were seen on the beach at Gravelines. Coastal areas were open but sky became 10/10 overcast of low cloud inland. Course: Landfall, R/V, Bombers split, 20-354 R/V withdraw, L/F out, Home. 17 down Metfield 13:06 and 1 down Manston (Lt. Stiff).

Lt Col Ben Rimerman (Gp & Sqdn Ldr) SX-H
2nd Lt Maurice Morrison SX-R
1st Lt Clinton H. Sperry SX-E
2nd Lt Clifford F. Armstrong SX-F
Capt Wilbert H. Juntilla (Flt Ldr) SX-K
2nd Lt Donald J. Corrigan SX-A
1st Lt William F. Streit SX-T
2nd Lt Hildreth R. Owens SX-G
Capt Raynor E. Robertson (Flt Ldr) SX-S
1st Lt Herman Herfurth SX-J
1st Lt Gordon L. Willits SX-X
2nd Lt Glenn G. Callans SX-N
1st Lt Edward M. Fogarty (Flt Ldr) SX-O
2nd Lt Richard V. Keywan SX-Q
1st Lt Robert P. Geurtz SX-D
2nd Lt Edison G. Stiff SX-W
1st Lt Gordon S. Burlingame (Spare) SX-Z
1st Lt Charles W. Kipfer (Spare) SX-V

Group DNTO/ERTNs:

42-75570 DNTO no belly tank pressure YJ-F Lt. Field flying.*
42-22472 DNTO radio burnt out LH-?

 *351st Squadron records indicate Lt. Field did take-off and flew for 45minutes on the mission. He was not awarded a credit for the mission.

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