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After Action Report
Marine Fighting Squadron 251

Date of Action: December 19, 2008
Base of Operations: A152
Division Assignment: Defense A140

VMF-251 took off at 2302 from A152 with seven Fw-190A-8s to defend A140. Flights broken down into two flights:

Red Flight
Maj Wyatt
1st Lt. Hammer
1st Lt. Roche

Blue Flight
1st Lt. Sidle
W.O. King
2nd Lt. Bodie

Bodie experienced mechanical problems attempting to launch, rejoined squadron at 2317. Climbed to altitude and entered patrol circuit around assigned defense objective.

At about 2330 radar warning spotted enemy aircraft on approach. Squadron vectored to intercept, and enemy sighted about 2335. VMF-251 engaged with remainder of CAP.

Roche shot dow 2337. Bodie claimed P-51 at 2339. aJoust, Sidle claimed P-51s at 2340, and King shot down 2340. Wyatt and Hammer shot down P-51s at 2341. Sidle and Wyatt shot down 2341, Hammer bailed out 2341, and Bodie shot down 2341. aJoust shot down another P-51 at 2344, shot down 2347.

Personnel Status
Maj. David Wyatt Shot Down
1st Lt. Mike Hammer Bailed Out
1st Lt. aJoust Shot Down
1st Lt. Neil Roche Shot Down
1st Lt. Michael Sidle Shot Down
W.O. Frank King Shot Down
2nd Lt. Norwood Bodie Shot Down

Equipment Status
7 Bf-109G-14 7 Lost

Pilot Victories
Maj. David Wyatt 1
1st Lt. Mike Hammer 1
1st Lt. aJoust 2
1st Lt. Michael Sidle 1
2nd Lt. Norwood Bodie 1

Pilot Surface
Maj. David Wyatt 1