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After Action Report
Marine Fighting Squadron 251

Date of Action: February 1, 2008
Base of Operations: A25
Division Assignment: EA Delta

VMF-251 rolled from A25 at 2300 to provide Close Air Support for Engagement Area Delta. Took off NE and made right-hand turn to course 270, climbing to 2500ft. Viper61 of 325th Checkertails provided forward air control and spotting for 251 and ground units.

Proceeded west to edge of sector 11.10, then turned 315 towards engagement area. Adjusted course to 330 and made contact with allied tanks. Squadron vectored towards Panzers rolling on southern flank by Viper 61. VMF-251 turned in and engaged.

Maj. Wyatt released bombs at 2322 and destroyed one Panzer, and one M-3. Made rocket attack on second run and destroyed second M-3. Capt. Morgan destroyed additional M-3 at 2323. Wyatt destroyed M-8 at 2325. Morgan added another Panzer at 2326.

Made additional strafing runs, then turned SE to withdraw from enemy fighters. Escort overwhelmed and 251 overtaken. Morgan shot down at 2328. Wyatt shot down at 2329. Capt. MEF4UD shot down at 2329. Sgt. Bodie shot down 2329.

Personnel Status
Maj. David Wyatt Shot Down
Capt. Charlie Morgan Shot Down
Capt. MEF4UD Shot Down
Sgt. Norwood Bodie Shot Down

Equipment Status
4 Il-2 4 lost
8 250kg bombs 8 expended
16 RS-132 rockets 16 Expended

Pilot Ground Targets
Maj. David Wyatt 4
Capt. Charlie Morgan 2