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After Action Report
Marine Fighting Squadron 251

Date of Action: April 17, 2009
Base of Operations: A44
Division Assignment: CAP

VMF-251 rolled at 2301 with 10 109F-4s to defend A44.

Red Flight
Lt. Col. Wyatt
WO1 Downey
Capt. Sidle
1st Lt. Roche

Blue Flight
Maj. Morgan
1st Lt. Bodie
1st Lt. Trol
1st Lt. Santana

White Flight
Capt. MEF4UD
Capt. 1Duke1

Squadron formed up and divided by flights to patrol area around A44. Red Flight patrolled NE, while Blue and White covered SW approach. VMF-251 along with 412th assigned to intercept escortes, with Fw-190s of Fate to provide destroyers against enemy bombers.

At about 2310 contact made with enemy aircraft by Red Flight. Contact was reported and attempted to rally with remainder of CAP. Red Flight and 412th drawn into engagement by Seafires.

Red Flight down by 2319. Blue and White continued engagement against another formation approaching A44. Morgan claimed Seafire at 2321. MEF4UD shot down 2323. 1Duke1 shot down Seafire at 2325. Trol claimed Seafire at 2327, and Santana one at 2329. Bodie shot down 2334.

Remainder of squadron rearmed by 2335 and returned to positions. Morgan claimed Seafire at 0007, shot down at 0009. 1Duke1 shot down Seafire at 0010. Trol at Santana shot down 0010. 1Duke 1 shot down 0011.

Personnel Status
Lt. Col. David Wyatt Shot Down
WO1 Phillip Downey Shot Down
Capt. Michael Sidle Shot Down
1st Lt. Neil Roche Shot Down
Maj. Charlie Morgan Shot Down
1st Lt. Norwood Bodie Shot Down
1st Lt. Trol Shot Down
1st Lt. Jonathan Santana Shot Down
Capt. MEF4UD Shot Down
Capt. 1Duke1 Shot Down

Equipment Status
10 Bf-109F-4 10 Lost

Pilot Victories
Maj. Charlie Morgan 2
1st Lt. Trol 1
1st Lt. Santana 1
Capt. 1Duke1 2