Condoz Oct 3, 2019 7:09:17 GMT -8
Post by Condoz on Oct 3, 2019 7:09:17 GMT -8
B17F-5-BO-41-2440478th Bomber Squadron, 509th Bombardment Group
Low Sqdn - Middle
MISSION DATE: 14 July 42
MISSION # 5 (1st mission this bomber)
TARGET: Ruweisat Ridge, Egypt - Italian Troop concentrations
|Pilot||1 LT||James Kennedy||1||RTD||2xLW|
|Copilot||2 LT||Wim Simpson||1||RTD|
|Bombardier||2 LT||Pat Gibson||1||RTD|
|Navigator||2 LT||Russel Gardner||1||RTD|
|Ball Gunner||SGT||Joshua Grant||1||RTD|
|Port Waist||SGT||Larry Doyle||1||RTD|
|Tail Gunner||SGT||Dan Cobb||1||RTD|
Bomb Run: Off Target - 5%
Peckham Points: 15 (Repaired Overnight)
B-17 Disposition: Landed safely at Fayid, Egypt
Shot down or
chased off by escort
Award/Promotion Requests: -
In Hospital: Lt. Kennedy got his scratches patched but left the same evening.
AFTER ACTION REPORT (Qots):
Takeoff went as planned and we cought up with the Formation without incident.
Lt. Kennedy kept on rambling about how they had his name wrong on the assignment board.
En route to the target zone we saw a handful of bandits try to approach the formation, but our fighter escort kept them at distance.
Inside the target area is when it became messy. The Enemy had apparently not thought of much anti air ground support so they scrambled lots & lots of fighters to stop us from bombing their positions to pieces. A squadron of german 109s surprised us and got some shots into the rudder and also scratched our Pilot James, who then filally stopped muttering about him not being called Adam. Call it Karma if you want. It was a bit scary eventough he only has minor scratches in the face (women are gonna love the scar) and a fleshwound in the shoulder.
Distracted by all the things going on around us we didn't really hit much with the bombs, except some forward outposts of the enemy lines.
Luckily we came in force too, so that we could observe a spectacular fight of our escorts and the german & italian fighters. We were giving them hell as much as we could, but due to the many allies in the brawl it was often not safe to fire. Everytime one of them came to close we put some bullets in them, Jon even managed to send 2 190s crashing down. Two of the 110s didn't look too good anymore either once they broke off, but we couldn't see how far they made it.
On the way home they only followed us shortly and once over the sea everything was quiet again.
Wim Simpson, 2 LT, USAAF
78th Bomber Squadron, 509th (H) Bombardment Group