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After Action Report
Marine Fighting Squadron 251

Date of Action: October 2, 2009
Base of Operations: A18
Division Assignment: Defense A18

VMF-251 took off at 2301 with eight Hurricane Mk.I's. Squadron formed up by flights:

Red Flight
Lt. Col. Wyatt
CWO3 Millsaps
1st Lt. Roche
2nd Lt. King

Blue Flight
Capt. Sidle
1st Lt. Trol
2nd Lt. Eli Coronado
CWO3 Nelson

Squadron climbed to altitude to defend A18.

Large formation of 109s and 110s engaged CAP of airfield. Nelson shot down 2342. Sidle collided with 109. Wyatt shot down 110 at 2346. Coronado shot down 109E at 2347. Sidle recovered at 2347. Roche and Coronado shot down 2348. King shot down 2352. Trol shot down 108 at 2355, then returned to base to rearm at 2359.

At about 0000 large formation of Ju-88s sighted. Remnant of squadron attacked. Trol shot down Ju-88 at 0002. Jumped by 110 and shot down 0008. Wyatt rearmed at 0009. Millsaps landed with damage at 0010.

Wyatt began climb back to altitude and was engaged by three 110s. Shot down 0017.

Personnel Status
Lt. Col. David Wyatt Shot Down
CWO3 Billy Millsaps Landed Safely
1st Lt. Neil Roche Landed Safely
2nd Lt. Frank King Landed Safely
Capt. Michael Sidle Landed Safely
1st Lt. Trol Shot Down
2nd Lt. Eli Coronado Shot Down
CWO3 John Nelson Shot Down

Equipment Status
8 Hurricane Mk.I 2 Damaged

6 Lost

Pilot Victories
Lt. Col. David Wyatt 1
2nd Lt. Eli Coronado 1
1st Lt. Trol 2