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After Action Report
Date of Action: June 5, 2009
VMF-251 took off at 2304 with four FM-2 Wildcats from Task Group 110.
Lt. Col. Wyatt
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.