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After Action Report
Marine Fighting Squadron 251

Date of Action: June 13, 2008
Base of Operations: Henderson
Division Assignment: Henderson CAP

VMF-251 took off at 2305 from Henderson Field with twelve F4F-4 Wildcats. Division assignments as follows:

Red Flight
Maj. Wyatt
2nd Lt. Hammerr
1st Lt. Drazz
1st Lt. Trol

Blue Flight
Capt. MEF4UD
2nd Lt. Roche
1st Lt. aJoust
1st Lt. DeVice

Yellow Flight
Capt. Morgan
2nd Lt. Bodie
2nd Lt. 1Duke1

Squadron circled to gain altitude. Red Flight maintained close cover at 15,000ft over Henderson Field, while Blue and Yellow climbed to 25,000ft and patrolled outside radar coverage.

At about 2320 encountered large force of A6Ms at 30,000ft and were engaged. Zero shot down by 1Duke1 at 2326. DeVice downed Zeros at 2325 and 2330. Drazz claimed Zero at 2332. MEF4UD recorded victory at 2328. Bodie shot down A6M at 2329.

Blue and Yellow flights sustained total losses by 2330. Drazz ditched at 2332, and Trol downed at 2331.

Wyatt and HAMMERR engaged heavily by large numbers of A6Ms close to field. HAMMERR downed at 2336. Wyatt ducked into cover of field guns, at which point the A6Ms withdrew. Encountered lone B5N at 2347 and shot it down.

Wyatt continued to patrol south of field, towards Allied task group operating in waters off the coast of Guadalcanal. Joined heavy skirmish against enemy D3A bombers, and splashed one at 2354, before returning to Henderson and requesting reinforcements for destroyed CAP.

Wyatt destroyed on ground at 0013 while rearming.

Personnel Status
Maj. David Wyatt Destroyed on Ground
2nd Lt. Hammerr Shot Down
1st Lt. Drazz Ditched
1st Lt. Trol Shot Down
Capt. MEF4UD Shot Down
2nd Lt. Neil Roche Shot Down
1st Lt. aJoust Shot Down
1st Lt. DeVice Bailed Out
Capt. Charlie Morgan Shot Down
2nd Lt. Norwood Bodie Shot Down
2nd Lt. 1Duke1 Bailed Out
MstWntd Bailed Out

Equipment Status
12 F4F-4 11 Lost

1 Ditched
24 58gal Tanks 24 Expended

Pilot Victores
Maj. David Wyatt 2
1st Lt. Drazz 1
Capt. MEF4UD 1
1st Lt. DeVice 2
2nd Lt. 1Duke1 1
2nd Lt. Norwood Bodie 1