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After Action Report
Marine Fighting Squadron 251

Date of Action: March 19, 2010
Base of Operations: A115
Division Assignment: Escort Strike 113

VMF-251 took off at 2259 in eight Hurricane Mk.Is and three P-40Bs, assigned to escort B-25s of 364th FG to A113 to bomb the airfield. Squadron organized by flights:

Red Flight
Lt. Col. Wyatt
2nd Lt. Millsaps
2nd Lt. Badgley
2nd Lt. Edgar

Blue Flight
Capt. Sidle
2nd Lt. Johnson
1st Lt. Bodie
2nd Lt. Jones

White Flight
1st Lt. Trol
1st Lt. Roche

Additionally, 2nd Lts. Coronado and Arumugam volunteered for duty as defensive gunners on B-25s.

Red Flight took position as Close Cover, with Blue as Close Support and White as Top Cover. Formation proceeded N to point E of target area, then turned W for approach. Badgley vanished at 2322.

Contact made with enemy approaching from astern and VMF-251 turned to intercept, engaging in running battle. B-25 formation scattered, and enemy able to pick off single bombers. Wyatt shot down 109 at 2336, and second at 2337. Roche shot down 2343. Johnson shot down 109 at 2343, and Sidle one at 2348. Wyatt sustained engine damage over target airfield and forced to withdraw, ditched off A114 at 2349. Johnson was shot down 2356.

Remainder of squadron withdrew safely to A114. Trol, Jones, Bodie, Millsaps recovered by 2358. Sidle, Edgar and Wittie rearmed by 2358 and continued patrols. Edgar shot down 0005. Sidle and Wittie returned to base by 0011.

Personnel Status
Lt. Col. David Wyatt Ditched
2nd Lt. Billy Millsaps Landed Safely
2nd Lt. John Badgley Vanished
2nd Lt. Robert Edgar Shot Down
Capt. Michael Sidle Landed Safely
2nd Lt. Clayton Johnson Shot Down
1st Lt. Norwood Bodie Landed Safely
2nd Lt. Mark Jones Landed Safely
1st Lt. Trol Landed Safely
1st Lt. Neil Roche Shot Down
WO1 Mark Wittie Landed Safely

Equipment Status
8 Hurricane Mk.I 14 Recovered

4 Lost
3 P-40B 2 Recovered

1 Lost

Pilot Victories
Lt. Col. David Wyatt 2
Capt. Michael Sidle 1
2nd Lt. Clayton Johnson 1