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After Action Report
Marine Fighting Squadron 251

Date of Action: June 5, 2009
Base of Operations: C110
Division Assignment: CAP C110

VMF-251 took off at 2304 with four FM-2 Wildcats from Task Group 110.

Red Flight
Lt. Col. Wyatt
1st Lt. Trol
Capt. Sidle
1st Lt. Bodie

Squadron formed and climbed to altitude over task group, then settled into patrol. At 2330 enemy aircraft spotted inbound to carrier, but VMF-251 unable to locate until enemy right over target. Squadron dove in to intercept Bf-110s under 109 escort. Wyatt collided with 110 turning across his flight path at 2333. Sidle shot down 110 at 2334. Shot down second 110 and Bodie shot down 109 at 2335. Trol bailed and Bodie both shot down 2335.

Sidle continued patrol over carrier, providing cover for returning airstrikes. Rearmed at 0008, continued patrol until 0039, at which point he recovered aboard the carrier.

Personnel Status
Lt. Col. David Wyatt Collision
1st Lt. Trol Bailed Out
Capt. Michael Sidle Landed Safely
1st Lt. Norwood Bodie Shot Down

Equipment Status
4 FM-2 4 Lost
10 Drop Tanks 8 Expended

Pilot Victories
Capt. Michael Sidle 2
1st Lt. Norwood Bodie 1