Mission#78 February 11, 1944 – Target: Frankfurt.

Date: Feb 11, 44

Dispatched: 45 Aborts: 4

Mission: Withdrawal support to 1st ATF, 240 B-17’s (1st Div)

Field Order: 240 Target: Frankfurt

Time Up/Down: 11:19 hrs     14:15 hrs Leader: Lt Col Rimerman

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

L/F in at Knocke 20,000ft, 11:54 hrs. Visual contact with 4th Fighter Group northwest of Brussels, to planned R/V point. Bombers not seen, apparently late. Flew five minutes past R/V point and orbited. Bombers observed 15 to 20 miles S/E. Actual R/V made 12:45 hrs with four combat wings 1st Div B-17s flying in good wing formation 20 to 23,000ft. However, 3rd and 4th CW spread out to the rear. Actual R/V point unknown. Left bombers 13:00 hrs, making L/F out vicinity Ostend 17,000ft, 13:40 hrs. No E/A seen; however, just prior to R/V contrail seen passing over Group going northwest above 35,000ft. No stragglers. Flak observed from general direction of target area. Contact with Upper on “C” channel very good. Jamming of R/T very bad. Lt Col. Rimerman and 1st Lt. Herfurth of Group HQ participated.

350th: Capt. Newhart. T/U 11:18 hrs. T/D 14:20 hrs. Total flight time 03:02 hrs. L/F Knocke 11:55 hrs, 22,000ft. R/V on course 15 mins late, 12:45 hrs, 28,000ft. Fair. Spitfires, P-51, P-38, P-47. No e/a. Left bombers on course 12:58 hrs, 28,000ft. Left coast south of course 13:35 hrs, 26,000ft. Scattered heavy bursts at Lille. Normal R/T. Broken overcast permitted ground to be seen in spots.

Capt Dewey E. Newhart (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt Francis T. Walsh
1st Lt Robert N. Ireland
1st Lt Carl W. Mueller
1st Lt John L. Devane (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Tom Lorance
1st Lt William J. Price
1st Lt John Zolner
Capt Charles W. Dinse (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt John H. Winder
1st Lt Wayne K. Blickenstaff
1st Lt Robert S. Hart
Capt Robert E. Fortier (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Joseph F. Furness
1st Lt Charles O. Durant
1st Lt Roland N. McKean

351st: Lt Col Rimerman. T/U 11:13 hrs. T/D 14:17 hrs. Total flight time 03:04 hrs. Withdrawal support. Route: In at Ijmuiden, over Hardenbergh, out at Egmond. Flushing at 11:51 hrs, altitude 22,000ft. [R/V] Place unknown at 12:43 hrs at 22,000ft. Good close formation within wings but wings split in half and widely separated. 4th Group, 2 P-51s and 2 P-38s. Place unknown at 12:58 hrs altitude 22,000ft. [L/F out] Ostend at 13:33 hrs at 20,000ft. Remarks: 40 plus small boats seen in harbor at Ostend. [One pilot in the Squadron, 1st Lt Francis E Edwards, a spare that day, peeled off and shot up an enemy airdrome before returning home. He didn’t see any aircraft but scored hits on a few buildings before returning home].

Lt Col Ben Rimerman (Gp & Sqdn Ldr) YJ-A
2nd Lt Richard D. Stanley YJ-R
Col Henry R. Spicer (Observer)* LH-X
2nd Lt Hassell D. Stump YJ-S
Capt Vic L. Byers (Flt Ldr) YJ-V
2nd Lt Jack Terzian YJ-L
2nd Lt John G. Treitz YJ-I
2nd Lt Harry D. Milligan YJ-Y
Major Walter C. Beckham (Flt Ldr) YJ-X
1st Lt William J. Maguire YJ-M
2nd Lt George F. Perpente YJ-G
2nd Lt Don M. Hurlburt YJ-H
1st Lt Frank N. Emory (Flt Ldr) YJ-E
F/O Joseph E. Wood YJ-W
2nd Lt Herbert K. Field YJ-F
F/O Cletus Peterson YJ-P
2nd Lt Frank J. Mincik (with 350th) YJ-O
2nd Lt Francis L. Edwards (Spare) YJ-T
1st Lt William F. Streit (Relay with 352nd) YJ-H

*Col. Spicer then from 66th Wing flew the Squadron.

352nd: Capt Robertson. T/U 11:18 hrs. T/D 14:32 hrs. Total flight time 03:14 hrs. Made landfall in over Nieuve at 11:54 hrs. R/Vd with bombers late at about 12:45 hrs near Bad Kreunach [?] at 27,000 ft. Bombers were split into about six bunches. Four we R/Vd with and three were about 20 miles away. All bunches joined together in one task force later. No bombers seen in trouble. P-47s, 51s and 38s. Left bombers near Diekirch at 12:55 hrs or 13:00 hrs, alt. 24,000ft. Landfall out over a point just south of Ostend at 13:39 hrs. Alt. 20,000ft. Intense flak observed over target area. Slight jamming. 4-5/10ths cumulus, building from 5,000ft to 15,000ft. Course: L/F, Alt, R/V, W/D/L/F, Home. [The mission report was amended to state three aborts Lt. Corrigan – belly tank would not release; Lt. Sperry engine cutting out and Lt. Schillinger 9not listed as flying) escort to Lt. Sperry. The original report listed Lt. Callans aborting – prop out].

Capt Raynor E. Robertson (Sqdn Ldr) SX-S
1st Lt Herman Herfurth SX-Q
1st Lt Leslie P. Cles SX-G
2nd Lt Maurice Morrison SX-R
1st Lt Clinton H. Sperry (Flt Ldr) SX-H
2nd Lt Harry H. Dustin SX-Z
1st Lt Robert P. Geurtz SX-W
2nd Lt Glenn G. Callans SX-J 42-7910
Capt Wilbert H. Juntilla (Flt Ldr) SX-X
2nd Lt Donald J. Corrigan SX-N
1st Lt Gordon S. Burlingame SX-U
2nd Lt Hildreth R. Owens SX-F

Group ERTNs/Aborts:

42-7910 ABT prop out SX-J Lt. Corrigan flying.
42-75608 ABT engine running hot SX-?*
42-8480 ABT radio interference LH-Z
42-8378 ABT excessive manifold pressure LH-R

*SX-K by 9/7/44 but this code is not listed as flying on this mission.


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