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After Action Report
Marine Fighting Squadron 251

Date of Action: June 20, 2008
Base of Operations: Henderson
Division Assignment: Henderson CAP

VMF-251 took off at 2325 from Henderson Field with eleven P-39 Airacobras. Division assignments as follows:

Red Flight
Maj. Wyatt
2nd Lt. Hammerr
1st Lt. aJoust
2nd Lt. C.J. Lane III

Blue Flight
Capt. MEF4UD
2nd Lt. Roche
2nd Lt. Ranger45
2nd Lt. Spanky38/p>

White Flight
1st Lt. Drazz
1st Lt. Trol
2nd Lt. Norwood Bodie

Squadron circled to gain altitude, at 15,000ft.

Vectored north from Henderson Field to investigate enemy sightings. Blue Flight further East, Red and White further West. Blue encountered large numbers of D3As, Red and White spotted B5Ns at 18,000ft, all bombers were unescorted. Squadron engaged.

Blue Flight engaged D3As MEF4UD downed five D3As in under ten minutes. Herder wounded by rear gunner of D3A and forced to return to base, safely recovered at 2343.Ranger45 crashed at 2337, Spanky38 at 2340.

Red and White Flights encountered difficulties in engaging enemy bombers, as they were encountered above P-38 operating altitude. However Wyatt claimed a B5N at 2344, and two more at 2345. HAMMERR downed two B5Ns at 2338, a third at 2340, and another at 2344. Lane downed B5N at 2337. Drazz claimed B5N at 2336. Trol downed another at 2339. Bodie claimed B5N at 2339.

aJoust shot down at 2336, Drazz at 2337. Wyatt's nose gear collapsed landing at 0017. Lane and Bodie suffered similar accidents at 0018. MEF4UD shot down at 0013. Trol shot down at 0042. HAMMERR claimed additional victories at 0031, and 0042, both A6Ms, and landed safely at 0056.

Personnel Status
Maj. David Wyatt Landed Safely
2nd Lt. HAMMERR Landed Safely
1st Lt. aJoust Shot Down
2nd Lt. C.J. Lane III Landed Safely
Capt. MEF4UD Shot Down
2nd Lt. Neil Roche Landed Safely (WIA)
2nd Lt. Ranger45 Crashed
2nd Lt. Spanky38 Crashed
1st Lt. Drazz Shot Down
1st Lt. Trol Shot Down
2nd Lt. Norwood Bodie Landed Safely

Equipment Status
11 P-39 2 Recovered Safely

3 Damaged

6 Lost
11 500lb bombs 11 Jettisoned

Pilot Victores
Maj. David Wyatt 3
2nd Lt. HAMMERR 6
2nd Lt. C.J. Lane III 1
Capt. MEF4UD 5
1st Lt. Drazz 1
1st Lt. Trol 1
2nd Lt. Norwood Bodie 1