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After Action Report
Marine Fighting Squadron 251

Date of Action: April 24, 2009
Base of Operations: A33
Division Assignment: CAP

VMF-251 rolled at 2304 with 10 109F-4s to defend A33 with Air Raiders.

Red Flight
Lt. Col. Wyatt
2nd Lt. Joffe
Capt. MEF4UD
WO1 Downey

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

White Flight
Capt. Sidle
1st Lt. Roche

Squadron formed up and climbed to altitude, entering close defensive orbit, while Air Raiders patrolled gap between A33 and A37. Downey vanished 2307.

Air Raiders made initial contact with inbound strike and engaged escort. VMF-251 vectored to intercept, sighted enemy strike package with Typhoon and Hurricane escorts W of field. Wyatt ordered squadron to engage.

Wyatt and Trol shot down B-25s at 2340.Joffe shot down three and MEF4UD one at 2341. Trol shot down 2341. aJoust shot down two B-25s and Bodie one at 2342. Joffe and Sidle shot down B-25 each, and MEF4UD one Hurricane at 2343. Sidle shot down B-25 and 2344. Roche shot down 2345.

aJoust landed with wounds at 2345. Morgan shot down 2346. Wyatt ditched with damage at 2347. Viper shot down Typhoon at 2348. MEF4UD shot down 2348. Sidle landed at 2349. Joffe shot down B-25 at 2350. Bodie bailed out 2350.

Joffe landed with wounds at 2352.

Personnel Status
Lt. Col. David Wyatt Ditched
2nd Lt. Ben Joffe Wounded
Capt. MEF4UD Shot Down
WO1 Phillip Downey Vanished
Maj. Charlie Morgan Shot Down
1st Lt. Norwood Bodie Bailed Out
1st Lt. Trol Shot Down
1st Lt. aJoust Wounded
Capt. Michael Sidle Landed Safely
1st Lt. Neil Roche Shot Down

Equipment Status
10 Bf-109F-4 4 Damaged

6 Lost

Pilot Victories
Lt. Col. David Wyatt 1
2nd Lt. Ben Joffe 5
Capt. MEF4UD 1
1st Lt. Norwood Bodie 2
1st Lt. Trol 1
1st Lt. aJoust 2
Capt. Michael Sidle 2