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After Action Report
Date of Action: July 17, 2009
Squadron took off at 2301 to defend C17 with 367th FG. VMF-251 split into two flights:
patrolled task group at 24,000ft with majority of 367th on W side of group.
joined with 367th Charlie Flight and maintained close defensive position around task group at 15,000 ft.
At about 2345 enemy aircraft spotted at task group. All fighters rushed back to intercept, but enemy aircraft escaped after dropping on carrier. Second wave spotted IB from W, and defense moved to intercept.
In short action, Wyatt downed SBD at 2349. Trol shot down one at 2350, and Sidle another at 2351. Remainder of enemy destroyed or scattered by 367th and threat to carrier ended.
Squadron rearmed and returned to patrol altitude, before returning to base by 0057.