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After Action Report
Marine Fighting Squadron 251

Date of Action: August 14, 2009
Base of Operations: A87
Division Assignment: Sweep A12

VMF-251 took off at 2303 with eight F4U-1A Corsairs, assigned to sweep A12 to draw enemy defenses away from strike package en route from S. Squadron formed up by flights:

Red Flight
Lt. Col. Wyatt
2nd Lt. Coronado
2nd Lt. King
1st Lt. Lane

Blue Flight
Capt. Sidle
WO1 Millsaps
1st Lt. Trol
CWO2 Nelson

Squadron climbed to altitude of 24,000ft and proceeded W to target area.Near A96 spotted single Ki-61 low, which egressed out of area. At A11 squadron hit from front and right side by large group of Ki-61s.

Nelson shot down 2333. King shot down Ki-61 at 2334. Wyatt shot down 2334.Trol shot down 2335. King and Land shot down 2336. Sidle and Coronado managed to egress out, recovered at A87 by 2351.

Personnel Status
Lt. Col. David Wyatt Shot Down
2nd Lt. Eli Coronado Landed Safely
2nd Lt. Frank King Shot Down
1st Lt. C. J. Lane III Shot Down
Capt. Michael Sidle Landed Safely
WO1 Billy Millsaps Mechanical Failure
1st Lt. Trol Shot Down
CWO2 John Nelson Shot Down

Equipment Status
8 F4U-1A 1 Recovered

1 Damaged

6 Lost

Pilot Victories
2nd Lt. Frank King 1