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After Action Report
Date of Action: September 5, 2008
Squadron formed up and began climb to altitude, forming low on 367th FG. 1Duke1 experienced mechanical trouble with dive flaps and fell behind. 1Duke1 managed to resolve dive flap issue but unable to completely rejoin formation.
En route to target formation encountered group of enemy Boston bombers. Some escorts turned to engage, strike package proceeded to target. Made initial bombing run from high altitude. VMF-251 targeted S side of base and made drops at about 2350. Bodie destroyed field gun and barracks on run.
Formation proceeded NE on to secondary target, when cleared by CiC to return to A41 for second strike. Group reversed course and descended to low altitude for dive/glide-bombing runs on target.
1Duke1 destroyed radar and field gun at 2357. MEF4UD shot down P-39Q at 2359. Sidle destroyed barracks at 0003. Roche destroyed ammunition bunker at 0004. After brief fight over target squadron egressed to A25. Successfully disengaged from enemy. Bodie crashed on landing at 0018, remainder of squadron recovered successfully at 0022.