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After Action Report
Marine Fighting Squadron 251

Date of Action: November 20, 2009
Base of Operations: A37
Division Assignment: Defense A37

VMF-251 took off at 2301 with six P-40B's, ordered to defend A37 with VF-17. Squadron formed up by flights:

Red Flight
Lt. Col. Wyatt
2nd Lt. Millsaps
1st Lt. Roche
1st Lt. Norwood Bodie

Blue Flight
Capt. Sidle
1st Lt. Trol

Squadron set up patrol in SW while VF-17 patrolled further E. Outbound strike package detected possible enemy strike heading for 37 from E. VMF-251 and VF-17 vectored to intercept. VF-17 engaged first, followed by VMF-251.

Roche and Wyatt each forced B5N down at 2327. Wyatt and Sidle each shot down A6Ms at 2328. Wyatt and Roche shot down 2329.Trol shot down Zero at 2330. Sidle shot down another at 2331.

Sidle, Trol and Bodie rearmed at 2337. In follow-up engagement Sidle shot down Zero at 2358. Bodie went down in enemy territory 0000. Millsaps crashed 0005. Sidle and Trol recovered 0045.

Personnel Status
Lt. Col. David Wyatt Shot Down
2nd Lt. Billy Millsaps Crashed
1st Lt. Neil Roche Shot Down
1st Lt. Norwood Bodie Captured
Capt. Michael Sidle Landed Safely
1st Lt. Trol Landed Safely

Equipment Status
6 P-40B 2 Recovered

4 Lost

Pilot Victories
Lt. Col. David Wyatt 2
1st Lt. Neil Roche 1
Capt. Michael Sidle 3
1st Lt. Trol 1