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After Action Report
Date of Action: February 29, 2008
VMF-251 launched from A-21 in P-51Bsat 2310. Assigned with escorting Mosquitos of 613th Pariah to strike enemy shipping at sector 10.12. VMF-251 proceeded to sector 7.18.5, however due to navigational error squadron and Killuminati providing additional escort separated from Mosquitos. 613th proceeded along southerly route to sector 6.11.
After consulting with CiC, VMF-251 and Killuminati turned south to attempt rendezvous with 613th. VMF-251 climbed to 30,000ft to maintain high cover, but became separated from other escorts due to strong headwinds. At 2322 Capt. MEF4UD joined mission along southern route flown by 613th Pariah. Lt. DeVice experienced mechanical failure at 2330. DeVice went down and was not recovered.
613th and Killuminati located enemy task group, and unable to rendezvous with remaining escorts engaged. MEF4UD regrouped with 251 and assumed command of squadron Blue Flight, with Maj. Wyatt in command of squadron Red Flight.
At or about 2355 VMF-251 arrived over target. MEF4UD shot down Bf 110 at 2357. Wyatt shot down Bf 110s at 0000 and 0003. Lt. Lane shot down 0000, Capt. Morgan at 0001. Lt. Santana shot down Bf 110 at 0002. Lt. Bodie suffered damage and attempted egress. Lost control and crashed at 0007.
VMF-251 survivors egressed out of fight and regained altitude. Joined with Spartin of Killuminati. At altitude, remaining four turned back to target area and patrolled area around -71. Spotted Bf 110s leaving airfield at low altitude. Wyatt signaled attack with approval from CiC. MEF4UD shot down Bf 110s at 0021 and 0022. Santana shot down Bf 110 at 0022, and reported guns dry. Reinforcements by high Fw 190s entering area prompted withdrawal, using cloud cover to screen withdrawal.
VMF-251 proceeded west out of engagement area. High 190s continued to shadow squadron and made aborted attack on Wyatt, before driven off by Santana and MEF4UD. Squadron recovered at field A50 by 0053.