Mission#87 March 3, 1944 – Target: Berlin.

Date: Mar 3, 44

Dispatched: 45 Aborts:7

Mission: Penetration Support to 1st ATF, 300 B-17s (1st Div)

Field Order: 259 Target: Berlin (aborted)

Time Up/Down: 09:40 hrs     12:45 hrs Leader: Lt Col. Rimerman

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

Group saw bombers to north when passing West Frisian Islands. R/V north of Helgoland 10:50 hrs. Bomber formation good at 26,000ft. Left bombers 11:15 hrs, vicinity NW of Elmshorn when lead formations [of] bombers made a 180 degree turn, and Goldsmith 1-2 had informed Group leader they were returning. L/F out over West Frisian Islands 11:55 hrs, 20,000ft. Moderate to meagre inaccurate flak all along northern route. No e/a seen. Large white explosion 24,000ft approx. Vicinity Borkum Islands when Group coming out. Seven freighters seen mouth of Elbe River. 8 freighters slightly out to sea at mouth of Ems River. Small but well developed A/D on Helgoland. Radio reception excellent to Norderney Islands. Lt Col. Rimerman, Capt. Charles L. Stafford and Capt John B. Rose of Group HQ participated.

350th: Major Pidduck. T/U 09:40 hrs. T/D 12:50 hrs. Total flight time 03:10 hrs. L/F in on course 10:20 hrs, 22,000ft. R/V with bombers 1st Div over course 10:50 hrs, 29,000ft. Formation good, many stragglers. P-47s. No combat. Left bombers 11:11 hrs, 29,000ft. Left coast Terschelling 12:00 hrs, 24,000ft. R/T normal. Overcast heavy cumulus, 4/10 increasing to solid overcast at R/V.

Major Stanley R. Pidduck (Sqdn Ldr)
Capt John B. Rose
1st Lt William F. Tanner
1st Lt Chauncey Rowan
Capt Robert E. Fortier (Flt Ldr)
1st Lt Charles O. Durant
1st Lt John Sullivan
1st Lt Carl W. Mueller
1st Lt John L. Devane (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Arthur C. Bergeron
1st Lt Francis T. Walsh
1st Lt Robert S. Hart
1st Lt William J. Price (Flt Ldr)
2nd Lt Richard L. Bedford
1st Lt Melvin P. Dawson
1st Lt Roland N. McKean
1st Lt John H. Winder

351st: Major Christian. T/U 09:39 hrs. T/D 12:48 hrs. Total flight time 03:09 hrs. Route: In north of Terschelling Island, over Itzehoe, out north of Terschelling Island. Penetration support [L/F in] North of Terschelling Island at 10:30 hrs at 27,000ft. Unit unknown south of Helgoland at 10:50 hrs at 27,000ft. [Bombers] fairly good formation. One group of P-47s [seen]. [Left bombers] North of Itzehoe at 11:15 hrs at 27,000ft. [L/F out] North of Terschelling Island at 12:24 hrs at 14,000ft. Seven freighters seen at mouth of Elbe River, also 8 more freighters seen at mouth of Ems River, slightly out at sea.

Major Shannon Christian (Sqdn Ldr) YJ-H
2nd Lt Irving Toppel YJ-I
1st Lt Francis N. King YJ-P
2nd Lt Frank J. Mincik YJ-M
2nd Lt Richard D. Stanley (Flt Ldr) YJ-R 42-75507
2nd Lt John G. Treitz YJ-J
2nd Lt Harry D. Milligan YJ-Y
Capt Vic L. Byers (Flt Ldr) YJ-L
2nd Lt William J. Weaver YJ-N
2nd Lt George F. Perpente YJ-G
2nd Lt Jack Terzian YJ-W
F/O Cletus Peterson (Flt Ldr) YJ-P
2nd Lt Herbert K. Field YJ-F
2nd Lt Francis L. Edwards YJ-T
Capt Charles L. Stafford YJ-A 42-75850
2nd Lt Robert C. Strobell (Relay) YJ-U
1st Lt William R. Burkett (Not dis) YJ-B 42-75457
1st Lt Frank N. Emory (Not dis) YJ-E 42-75815

352nd: Lt Col Rimerman. T/U 09:33 hrs. T/D 12:50 hrs. Total flight time 03:17 hrs. Penetration support to 1st ATF, 1st Div. R/V with 1st Div of bombers at about 10:50 hrs in vicinity of Helgoland at 26,000ft. Bomber formation was good with few abortions. 1st 2 CWs aborted so we turned and came with them. Observed other P-47s. Left bombers at about 11:15 hrs somewhere along the Frisian Islands about Ameland. Moderate, heavy flak from Cuxhaven inaccurate. Meager flak from all along Frisian Islands. 80-100 bursts of heavy flak from Helgoland, accurate for altitude but behind. It was directed toward a Fort flying at about 22,000ft. [Weather] Clear at base, increasing to 9 to 10/10 covered at R/V point. Top of Hi-cirrus around 27,000ft. 1 B-17 believed to be E[nemy] flown seen flying opposite course of B-17s then turned and headed on course with them. This B-17 had standard American markings with a white square with a “C”. Its waist doors were seen open. Small but well-developed A/D seen on Helgoland.

Lt Col Ben Rimerman (Grp & Sqdn Ldr) SX-U
2nd Lt Maurice Morrison SX-A
1st Lt Gordon S. Burlingame SX-M
2nd Lt Glenn G. Callans SX-V
Capt Wilbert H. Juntilla (Flt Ldr) SX-H
2nd Lt Donald J. Corrigan SX-Q
1st Lt Leslie P. Cles SX-G
2nd Lt Hildreth R. Owens SX-F
Capt Raynor E. Robertson (Flt Ldr) SX-S
2nd Lt Harry H. Dustin SX-W
1st Lt William F. Streit SX-Y 42-22465
2nd Lt Joseph A. Schillinger SX-O
Major William B. Bailey SX-B
1st Lt Gordon L. Willits SX-R

Group Aborts/ERTNs:

42-8390 DNTO wing tanks SX-I
42-74647 ABT BT wouldn’t draw LH-U
42-8373 ABT radio out LH-Y
42-76321 ABT oil leak LH-S
42-74618 ERTN escort LH-?
42-75507 ABT oil leak YJ-R Lt. Stanley flying.
42-75850 ABT left wing tank YJ-A Capt. Stafford flying.
42-22465 ABT oil leak SX-Y Lt. Streit flying.
42-75457 ERTN rough engine YJ-B Lt. Burkett flying
42-75815 ERTN broken glass elbow YJ-E Lt. Emory flying.






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