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After Action Report
Marine Fighting Squadron 251

Date of Action: March 13, 2009
Base of Operations: A26
Division Assignment: Blue Strike

VMF-251 took off at 2303, assigned to lead strike on A56 and A57 with 367th FG, escorted by Jokers Jokers and Hellcat FG. Strike took off and formed up with Hellcat screening ahead, while Jokers provided close escort.

Red Flight
Lt. Col. Wyatt
2nd Lt. Coronado
1st Lt. aJoust
W.O. Fowler

Blue Flight
Capt. Sidle
1st Lt. Roche
1st Lt. Trol
2nd Lt. King

White Flight
Maj. Morgan
Capt. 1Duke1

Squadron climbed to 10,000ft with escorts above, and proceeded NE. Turned E at 13.7.1 for approach. 367th and Hellcat FG split off at 13.7.2 to strike 57, VMF-251 proceeded for A56.

Contact made with enemy CAP at about 2325. Coronado shot down 2325, but remainder of squadron reached target area and attacked.

Herder and King destroyed hangars at 2332, and Sidle and Morgan destroyed guns at 2332. Wyatt destroyed a gun and hangar at 2332. 1Duke1, aJoust and Fowler crashed at 2332. Trol destroyed two guns at 2333, but crashed soon after.

Sidle crashed 2334. Roche shot down 2334. King shot down 2334. Morgan shot down 2336. Wyatt shot down 2337.

Personnel Status
Maj. David Wyatt Shot Down
2nd Lt. Eli Coronado Shot Down
1st Lt. aJoust Crashed
W.O. Shawn Fowler Crashed
Capt. Michael Sidle Crashed
1st Lt. Neil Roche Shot Down
1st Lt. Trol Crashed
2nd Lt. Frank King Shot Down
Maj. Charlie Morgan Shot Down
Capt. 1Duke1 Crashed

Equipment Status
10 P-38G 10 Lost
20 1000lb bombs 20 Expended
60 5" HVAR 60 Expended

Pilot Objects Destroyed
Maj. David Wyatt 2
Capt. Michael Sidle 1
1st Lt. Neil Roche 2
1st Lt. Trol 2
2nd Lt. Frank King 3
Maj. Charlie Morgan 1