Mission#86 March 2, 1944 – Target: Frankfurt.

Date: Mar 2, 44

Dispatched: 42           Abort: 2

Mission: Withdrawal Support to 1st ATF, 360 B-17s (1st Div)

Field Order: 257 Target: Frankfurt

Time Up/Down: 11:43 hrs     14:56 hrs Leader: Lt Col. Duncan

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

L/F in Flushing 12:22 hrs, 22,500ft. R/V three CW’s of bombers NW of Koblenz, 12:53 hrs. Bombers unmolested and in good formation – 18/22,000 ft. Left bombers 13:30 hrs, 10 miles south of Liege. Out Cape Griz Nez, Gravelines and Knocke 14:30 hrs, 16/20,000ft. Three chutes seen from the bombers approx R/V point. Bomber continued on under control and watched until we left bombers. No e/a, no flak. Fighter bomber and fighter/fighter intercom very good. Lt Col. Duncan and Capt. Charles J. Hoey of Group HQ participated.

350th: Major Pidduck. T/U 11:42 hrs. T/D 15:00 hrs. Total flight time 03:18 hrs. L/F in on course at 12:20 hrs, 25,000ft. R/V with 1st Div at 12:50 hrs, 28,000ft. Good formation. Left bombers Leige at 13:30 hrs, 25,000ft. Left coast Gravelines 14:30 hrs, 18,000ft. Solid over R/V decreasing to nil at cont coast.

Major Stanley R. Pidduck (Sqdn Ldr)
1st Lt Tom Lorance
1st Lt Robert N. Ireland
1st Lt Chauncey Rowan
Capt Robert E. Fortier (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Abel H. Garey
1st Lt Roland N. McKean
1st Lt Wayne K. Blickenstaff (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Arthur C. Bergeron
1st Lt Francis T. Walsh
1st Lt John H. Winder
1st Lt William J. Price (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Richard L. Bedford
2nd Lt Kenneth Chetwood

351st: Lt Col Duncan. T/U 11:35 hrs. T/D 15:10 hrs. Total flight time 03:35 hrs. Route: In at Flushing, over Charleroi, out at Mardyck. Flushing at 12:21 hrs, 24,000ft. [R/V] place unknown because of overcast at 12:51 hrs at 21,000ft. Good, close formation. Four boxes of about 60 bombers in each box. [Left bombers] approximately Charleroi-Gosselies area 13:30 hrs. [L/F out] Mardyck at 14:28 hrs, 19,000 ft. Remarks: Bombers late. After R/V with bombers proceeded inland along bombers route for four or five minutes. Made a 180 degree turn, caught up with bombers and escorted them to limit of endurance.

Lt Col. Glenn E. Duncan (Gp & Sqdn Ldr) YJ-H
1st Lt George N. Ahles YJ-A 42-75850
2nd Lt Harry D. Milligan YJ-Y
1st Lt Frank N. Emory (Flt Ldr) YJ-E
2nd Lt Francis L. Edwards YJ-T 42-75842
2nd Lt Herbert K. Field YJ-F
F/O Cletus Peterson YJ-P
Capt Frederick H. Lefebre (Flt Ldr) YJ-L
2nd Lt George F. Perpente YJ-G
1st Lt Francis N. King YJ-M
2nd Lt Irving Toppel YJ-I
Capt Vic L. Byers (Flt Ldr) YJ-N
2nd Lt William J. Weaver YJ-R
2nd Lt John G. Treitz YJ-J
2nd Lt Frank J. Mincik (Relay) YJ-P
2nd Lt Jack Terzian* YJ-W 42-75670
1st Lt William R. Burkett* YJ-B

*[Not counted as dispatched for mission due to mechanical trouble].

352nd: Major Bailey. T/U 11:42 hrs. T/D 14:52 hrs. Total flight time 03:10 hrs. L/F made at Zeebruge at 12:22 hrs at 22,000ft. R/V with 3 CW’s of 1st Div of B-17s at 12:54 hrs at 20,000 ft, area unknown due to cloud coverage 10/10. Bomber formation was good, could only find 3 CW’s of 1st Div. P-38’s and P-47’s seen. Left bombers believed to be in the vicinity of Namur 13:25 hrs, 20,000ft. Left enemy coast at Knocke 14:18hrs at 15,000ft. Flak nil. Results of bombing nil. R/T good. Large ships observed in the harbor S of Flushing believed to be an M/V. 2/10 cloud over channel building up to 10/10 overcast on the Continent. Solid overcast over R/V area. Four (4) white parachutes observed just as R/V was made. Might have come from a B-17 which seemed to be in trouble, but chutes were not seen coming from it. A straggling B-17 investigated in the vicinity of Namur but didn’t seem to be in any apparent trouble.

Major William B. Bailey (Sqdn Ldr) SX-B
2nd Lt Clifford F. Armstrong SX-F
1st Lt Edward M. Fogarty SX-O
1st Lt Charles W. Kipfer SX-Q
Capt Wilbert H. Juntilla (Flt Ldr) SX-H
1st Lt Leslie P. Cles SX-S
1st Lt Gordon S. Burlingame SX-M
2nd Lt Maurice Morrison SX-R
Capt Charles J. Hoey (Flt Ldr) SX-A
2nd Lt Donald J. Corrigan SX-G
1st Lt Gordon L. Willits SX-U
2nd Lt Glenn G. Callans SX-V
1st Lt William F. Streit SX-W
1st Lt William J. Jordan SX-Z

Group Abort/ERTN:

42-75842 ABT belly tank YJ-T Lt. Edwards flying.
42-75850 ABT illness (ear trouble) YJ-A Lt. Ahles flying.
42-75670 ERTN belly tank YJ-W Lt. Terzian flying.
42-8661 ERTN tach out LH-? Unknown
42-8480 ERTN turbo out LH-Z Unknown


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