Mission#82 February 21, 1944 – Target: Gutersloh (GAF Control).

Date: Feb 21, 44

Dispatched: 50 Aborts: 3

Mission: Target support to 2nd ATF, 120 B-17s (1st Div)

Field Order: 246 Target: Gutersloh (GAF Control)

Time Up/Down: 13:16 hrs     16:03 hrs Leader: Major Bailey

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

L/F in Katwijkat 14:05 hrs, 25,000ft. Sighted bombers at 14:29hrs. R/V with three CWs 1st Div approx 14:35 hrs; bomber formation good. Exact location unknown. Escorted bombers almost to English coast. L/F out north of Egmond 15:35 hrs, 22,000ft. Many friendly fighters seen. Large orange explosion with black smoke vicinity of Osnabruck. No bombers seen in area. Bombs were dropped on Osnabruck, Lingen and either Coevorden or Hardenberg. Moderate flak Munster accurate for height. At Zuider Zee 4 Me109s were bounced by another Group. One Me109 believed destroyed. Reception from Parker good halfway from enemy coast to R/V point. Capt. Charles Stafford, Capt. John Rose and 1st Lt. Herfurth of Group HQ participated.

350th: Major Pidduck. T/U 13:10 hrs. T/D 16:20 hrs. Total flight time 03:10 hrs. L/F on course 14:03 hrs, 25, 000ft. R/V n of course 14:40 hrs, 28,000ft. P-38, P-51. No e/a. Left bombers Zuider Zee 15:15 hrs. Left coast 15:24 hrs, 23,000ft. Flak negligible. Bombing concentrated hits on town, probably Lingen. R/T normal. Edge of overcast ran east and west making enemy territory visible to north of course in Zuider Zee area and to the east of Zuider Zee. 10/10 overcast along course and to the south.

Major Stanley R. Pidduck (Sqdn Ldr)
Capt Barnhart* (366th FG)
1st Lt John Zolner
1st Lt Carl W. Mueller
1st Lt Wayne K. Blickenstaff (Flt Ldr)
Lt McGuire* (366th FG)
1st Lt Francis T. Walsh
1st Lt John H. Winder
1st Lt John L. Devane (Flt Ldr)
Capt John B. Rose
1st Lt Robert N. Ireland
2nd Lt Kenneth Chetwood
1st Lt William J. Price (Flt Ldr)
F/O William W. Hargus
1st Lt Melvin P. Dawson
1st Lt Roland N. McKean
1st Lt Robert S. Hart
1st Lt Tom Lorance

*Capt Barnhart and Lt McGuire of the 366th FG flew for combat familiarisation.

351st: Major Beckham. T/U 13:13 hrs. T/D 16:20 hrs. Total flight time 03:07 hrs. Route: In north of Hague, R/V at Triangle Division (place unknown), out at Egmond. Withdrawal support. North of Hague at 14:03 hrs, 25,000ft. R/V with triangle Division at 14:40 hrs place unknown. Good bomber formation. P-38s and several of the 56th Group observed. Left bombers near enemy coast. [L/F out] Egmond at 15:31 hrs at 22,000ft. Effectively hit target (not identified). Remarks: 4 Me109s bounced by P-47s over Zuider Zee. 1 Me109 destroyed. New charge in radios effectively cut out interference. Many pilots prefer new high altitude fighter map used for the first time today.

Major Walter C. Beckham (Sqdn Ldr) YJ-X
Major Holt* YJ-H
Capt Charles L. Stafford YJ-A
2nd Lt Frank J. Mincik YJ-T
1st Lt Frank N. Emory (Flt Ldr) YJ-E
Lt Kerr* YJ-I
2nd Lt Herbert K. Field YJ-F
Capt Frederick H. Lefebre (Flt Ldr) YJ-L
2nd Lt Hassell D. Stump YJ-S
2nd Lt George F. Perpente YJ-G
2nd Lt Don M. Hurlburt YJ-H
Capt Vic L. Byers (Flt Ldr) YJ-V
2nd Lt Harry D. Milligan YJ-Y
1st Lt William J. Maguire YJ-M
2nd Lt John G. Treitz YJ-B
1st Lt Gordon B. Compton (Flt Ldr) YJ-O
F/O Joseph E. Wood YJ-N
2nd Lt Richard D. Stanley YJ-Z
1st Lt Robert S. Hart LH-Y
F/O Cletus Peterson (Not dispatched) YJ-P

*Major Holt and Lt. Kerr of the 366th flew with the Squadron for combat familiarisation.

352nd: Major Bailey. T/U 13:10 hrs. T/D 16:22 hrs. Total flight time 03:12 hrs. Withdrawal support to First Division of B-17s, two Combat Wings of Second Task Force. L/F in on course at 14:05 hrs, 21-22,000ft. Sighted bombers at 14:29 hrs and took up escort of 3 CWs in the vicinity of target at 14:35 hrs at 20-22,000ft. Bomber formation good – very few stragglers. P-38’s and P-47’s seen. Bombers were all along route on withdrawal and cover was given all the way to base. Left coast N of Egmond at 15:25 hrs at 20,000ft and made right-hand orbit and at 15:32 hrs made second L/F out at 23,000ft. Heavy, accurate flak, accurate to height and position at Munster with white puffs above and bunches of black puffs below. Observed at Munster; one huge fire seen at Osnabruck, Lingen; and concentration of bombs SE corner of Coevorden, Holland. Parker very good. Peculiar chatter on “A” channel. Apparently controller had transmitter open and conversation from controller’s room picked up. Tugs and barges sighted in Zuider Zee. Solid overcast S of briefed course but clear N of course. Horizontal and vertical visibility good.

Major William B. Bailey (Gp and Sqdn Ldr) SX-B
2nd Lt Wilton W. Johnson SX-S
1st Lt James N. Poindexter SX-H
1st Lt Herman Herfurth SX-A
1st Lt Clinton H. Sperry (Flt Ldr) SX-F 42-75622
2nd Lt William S. Marchant SX-Y 42-22465
2nd Lt Joseph A. Schillinger SX-J
Capt Wilbert H. Juntilla (Flt Ldr) SX-K
Capt Orsinger SX-O
1st Lt Gordon S. Burlingame SX-U
2nd Lt Edison G. Stiff SX-L
Capt Thomas J. Forkin (Flt Ldr) SX-W
Lt Lusby SX-V
1st Lt Gordon L. Willits SX-X
2nd Lt Harry H. Dustin SX-Z

*Capt Orsinger and Lt Lusby of the 366th flew with the Squadron for combat familiarisation.

Group Aborts/ERTNs

42-22465 ABT oil leak SX-Y Lt. Marchant flying.
42-75622 ABT oxygen leaked out SX-F Lt. Sperry flying.
42-75271 ABT/ERTN belly tank SX-G* Not listed.

*There is no record of SX-G on the flight plan or Control Tower Log for this mission. It probably failed early and was scrubbed from the mission by the Squadron, but still made it into Group records which note three aborts.



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2 responses to “Mission#82 February 21, 1944 – Target: Gutersloh (GAF Control).

  1. mmicom

    I really enjoy reading the Mission records – great stuff and looking forward to more!

    Thank you for the outstanding work on the 353rd!

    Mike Martorella

    • Thanks Mike – the 353 don’t get enough coverage for some reason compared to the other groups. This is my bit to put their history out there.

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