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After Action Report
Marine Fighting Squadron 251

Date of Action: May 8, 2009
Base of Operations: A77
Division Assignment: Patrol

VMF-251 rolled at 2302 with 7 109G-2s to patrol sector 13.7 in defense of city in 13.6

Red Flight
Lt. Col. Wyatt
1st Lt. Trol
Capt. Michael Sidle
1st Lt. Neil Roche

Blue Flight
Maj. Morgan
1st Lt. aJoust

Squadron formed up and climbed to altitude, turning N on approach to assigned patrol sector. Arrived at 25,000ft and settled into patrol of southern end of 13.7.

Contact made by scout with enemy formation in northern 13.8, P-38s sighted at 30,000ft. VMF-251 scrambled for altitude and vectored N to intercept. Squadron sighted bogies to NE at border of 13.7/13.8. Additional P-38s spotted high at squadron's 1 o'clock, but enemy proceeded SW without responding. Wyatt ordered squadron to turn in pursuit.

VMF-251 relayed position and shadowed formation, closing within 1500yds before enemy responded. Red Flight engaged with escorts while Blue proceeded after bombers.

MstWntd shot down two B-24s and forced down third at 2349 before bailing out. Morgan shot down B-24 at 2349. aJoust claimed P-38 at 2350. Trol shot down P-38 at 2351. Morgan bailed with damage at 2352. Trol claimed second P-38 at 2353. Wyatt and Sidle shot down P-38 each at 2354. Wyatt claimed second P-38 at 2357.

Sidle forced to ditch with damage at 2357. Remainder of squadron reformed and proceeded SW back to A77 for rearm. Herder damaged on landing and ditched off runway at 0014. By 0016 Wyatt, Trol and aJoust rearmed, and took off again with JG2 in pursuit of retiring bombers, but enemy out of reach before arrving on station. Squadron returned to base at 0031.

Personnel Status
Lt. Col. David Wyatt Landed Safely
1st Lt. Trol Landed Safely
Capt. Michael Sidle Ditched
1st Lt. Neil Roche Ditched on Field
Maj. Charlie Morgan Bailed Out
1st Lt. aJoust Landed Safely
MstWntd Bailed Out

Equipment Status
7 Bf-109G-2 3 Recovered

2 Damaged

2 Lost

Pilot Victories
Lt. Col. David Wyatt 2
1st Lt. Trol 2
Capt. Michael Sidle 1
Maj. Charlie Morgan 1
1st Lt. aJoust 1
MstWntd 3