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After Action Report
Marine Fighting Squadron 251

Date of Action: November 14, 2008
Base of Operations: Midway
Division Assignment: Midway

VMF-251 formed on NE runway, Midway, with 10 SBD-5s at 2303. Squadron leading combined strike consisting of additional SBDs of Killuminati, and TBMs of Lynchmob against IJN carrier Kaga.

Red Flight
Maj. Wyatt
1st Lt. Hammer
2nd Lt. 1Duke1
2nd Lt. Gwardyak

Blue Flight
Capt. Morgan
2nd Lt. Bodie
1st Lt. aJoust
2nd Lt. Roche

White Flight
1st Lt. Sidle
W.O. King

VMF-251 launched into the wind and proceeded to circle airfield to form up and allow remainder of strike force to lift off. TBMs of Lynchmob proceeded W to target area. VMF-251 turned NW, with Killuminati proceeding SE.

At 9.11.4 VMF-251 turned W in to target area and continued climb to 25,000ft. Lynchmob sighted target and engaged, recording one torpedo hit on the carrier. Killuminati intercepted by Japanese strike force en route to Midway and forced to engage, lost with all hands. VMF-251 proceeded for target area.

At 6.11.6 squadron turned SW into target area. At about 2345 squadron encountered four A6Ms at 25,000ft. Wyatt ordered squadron dive for speed. CAP missed first pass and settled into pursuit. King and Bodie shot down 2348. Enemy fleet sighted, and Wyatt ordered attack. Squadron rolled in at 2349.

Wyatt and aJoust recorded hits on carrier at 2349. aJoust crashed 2350. Morgan, Gwardyak, Roche and Wyatt shot down 2350. 1Duke1 and Sidle shot down 2351. Hammer shot down 2352.

Personnel Status
Maj. David Wyatt Shot Down
1st Lt. Mike Hammer Shot Down
2nd Lt. 1Duke1 Shot Down
2nd Lt. Karl Gwardyak Shot Down
Capt. Charlie Morgan Shot Down
2nd Lt. Norwood Bodie Shot Down
1st Lt. aJoust Crashed
2nd Lt. Neil Roche Shot Down
1st Lt. Michael Sidle Shot Down
W. O. Frank King Shot Down

Equipment Status
10 SBD-5 10 Lost
10 1000lb bombs 10 Expended
20 100lb bombs 20 Expended

Pilot Objects
Maj. David Wyatt 4
1st Lt. aJoust 8