OPNAV-16-223

Form ACA-1

Sheet 1 of 5

AIRCRAFT ACTION REPORT

RESTRICTED

(Reclassified when

filled out)

 SECRET

 

I. GENERAL

(a) Unit Reporting

VMB-613

(b) Based on or at

Kwajalein Island & Atoll

(c) Report No.

31

(d) Take off: Date

278 March, 1945.

 Time (LZT)

1300 M.

(Zone)

Lat

850'N.

Long

1679'E.

(e) Mission

Snooper Flight, Kusaie Island.

(f) Time of Return

1845 M.

(Zone)

 

II. OWN AIRCRAFT OFFICIALLY COVERED BY THIS REPORT.

TYPE

SQUADRON

NUMBER

 

BOMBS AND TORPEDOES

CARRIED (PER PLANE)

FUZE SETTING

TAKING OFF

ENGAGING

ENEMY A/C

ATTACKING

TARGET

(a) (b)

(c)

(d)

(e)

(f)

(g)

PBJ-1H

VMB-613

1

none

none

2  350# depth charges.

Nose Instantaneous.

Transverse 25' hydro.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

III. OTHER U.S. OR ALLIED AIRCRAFT EMPLOYED IN THIS OPERATION.

None.
TYPE SQUADRON NUMBER

BASE

TYPE SQUADRON NUMBER BASE
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IV. ENEMY AIRCRAFT OBSERVED OR ENGAGED (By Own Aircraft Listed in II Only).

None.

(a) (b) (c)

(d)

(e)

(f)

(g)

TYPE

NO

OBSERVED

NO ENGAGING OWN AIRCRAFT

TIME

ENCOUNTERED

LOCATION OF

ENCOUNTER

BOMBS, TORPEDOES CARRIED;

GUNS OBSERVED

CAMOUFLAGE AND

MARKING

--

--

--

 --  ZONE)

--

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--

     

(ZONE)

     
     

(ZONE)

     

(h) Apparent Enemy Mission(s)

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Did Any Part of

(i) Encounter(s) Occur in Clouds?

---

If so, Describe Clouds

---

 

(YES OR NO)

 

(BASE IN FEET, TYPE IN TENTHS OF CLOUD COVER)

Time of Day and Brilliance

(j) of Sun or Moon

------

(k) Visibility

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(NIGHT, BRIGHT MOON, DAY, OVERCAST, ETC.)

 

(MILES)

 

V. ENEMY AIRCRAFT DESTROYED OR DAMAGED IN AIR (By Own Aircraft Listed in II Only).

None.

(a)

(b) DESTROYED OR DAMAGED BY

(c)

(d)

TYPE

ENEMY A/C

TYPE A/C SQUADRON

PILOT OF GUNNER

GUNS USED

WHERE HIT, ANGLE

DAMAGE

CLAIMED

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AIRCRAFT ACTION REPORT

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REPORT No.

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VI. LOSS OR DAMAGE, COMBAT OR OPERATIONAL, OF OWN AIRCRAFT (of those listed in II only).

None.

(a)

TYPE OWN A/C

(b)

SQUADRON

(c)

CAUSE: TYPE ENEMY A/C,

TYPE GUN, OR OPERATIONAL CAUSE

(d)

WHERE HIT, ANGLE (List armor,

self-sealing tanks, equipment hit)

(e)

EXTENT OF LOSS OR DAMAGE

(Give Bureau serial number of planes destroyed)

1     --

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2

 

 

 

 

3  

     

 

4

   

 

 

5

       

6

       

7

       

8

       

9

       

10

       

11

       

12

       

13

       

14

       
 

VII. PERSONNEL CASUALTIES (in aircraft listed in II only; identify with planes listed in VI by Nos. at left).  None.

(a)

NO.

(b)

SQUADRON

(c)

NAME, RANK OR RATING

(d)

CAUSE

(e)

CONDITION OR STATUS

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VIII. RANGE, FUEL, AND AMMUNITION DATA FOR RETURNING PLANES.

(a)

TYPE

A/C

(b)

MILES

OUT

(c)

MILES

RETURN

(d)

AV HOURS

IN AIR

(e)

AV FUEL

LOADED

(f)

AV FUEL

CONSUMED

(g) TOTAL AMMUNITION EXPENDED

(h)

NO. OF PLANES

RETURNING

.30 .50 20MM 75MM

PBJ-1H

            300   2 1
                     
                     
 

IX. ENEMY ANTI-AIRCRAFT ENCOUNTERED (Check one block on each line).

CALIBER NONE MEAGER MODERATE INTENSE

HEAVY -- Time-fuzed shells, 75mm and over

       

MEDIUM -- Impact-fuzed shells, 20mm-50mm

       

LIGHT -- Machine gun bullets, 6.5mm-13.2mm

       
 

X. COMPARATIVE PERFORMANCE, OWN AND ENEMY AIRCRAFT (use check list at left).

SPEED, CLIMB

at various altitudes

TURNS

DIVES

CEILINGS

RANGE

PROTECTION

ARMAMENT

 

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XI. ATTACK ON ENEMY SHIPS OR GROUND OBJECTIVES (By Own Aircraft Listed in II Only).

(a) Target(s) and Location(s)

Installations Kusaie Island

(b) Time Over Target(s)

1450-1630 M.

(Zone)

 

(FOR SHIPS INCLUDE ALL IN AREA UNDER ATTACK)

 

(c) Clouds Over Target

1500'  cumulus 4 to 5 tenths.

 

( BASE IN FEET. TYPE IN TENTHS OF COVER)

(d) Visibility of Target

Partially obscured by clouds

(e) Visibility

15

 

(CLEAR, HAZY, PARTIALLY OBSCURED BY CLOUDS, ETC.)

 

(MILES)

Gunnery

(f) Bombing Tactics:  Type

Level

Gun

Bomb Sight Used

 

AN-APG-13A

 

(LEVEL, GLIDE, OR DIVE)

 

(TYPE)

Bombs Dropped per Run

none

Spacing

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Altitude of Bomb Release

---

  (NUMBER)   (FEET)   (FEET)

(g) Number of Enemy Aircraft Hit on Ground:  Destroyed

---

Probably Destroyed

---

Damaged

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(h)

AIMING POINT

(i)

DIMENSIONS OR

TONNAGE

(j) NO. A/C ATTACKING

(l)

BOMBS AN AMMUNITION

EXPENDED EACH AIMING POINT

(m)

NO. HITS On

Aiming Point

(n)

DAMAGE (None, slight,

serious, destroyed, or sunk)

(k) SQUADRON

1

Large house E. shore of island.

40' square

1 PBJ-1H

1 75mm shell

150 rnds. .50 cal.

1

100

Serious

VMB-613
2

2 .50 cal. MG. Revettments.

6' diam.

20' apart.

1 PBJ-1H

1 75mm shell

150 rnds. .50 cal.

1

100

Slight

VMB-613
3            
 
4

 

 

 

     

 

5

 

 

 

     

 

6

 

 

 

     

 

7

 

 

 

     

 

8

 

 

 

     

 

(o)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESULTS:  (For all claims made on ship targets of special interest, draw diagram, top or side view or both, as appropriate, showing type and location of hits.  For all targets give location and effect of hits, and identify by number above.  Use additional sheets if necessary)

 

See diagram next page.

 
(p) Were Photographs Taken? No.

Photographs of Damage, When Taken, Should Be Attached By Staple

 

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XII. TACTICAL AND OPERATIONAL DATA.  (Narrative and comment.  Describe action fully and comment freely, following applicable items in check list at left.  Use additional sheets if necessary).

ENGAGEMENT WITH ENEMY

OWN AIRCRAFT

Disposition

Altitude

Speed

Approach Tactics

Use of Cover, Deception

Angles of Attack and

Their Effectiveness

Distance of Opening Fire

Defense Tactics and

Their Effectiveness

ENEMY AIRCRAFT

Method of Locating, Distance

Disposition

Altitudes

Speed

Approach Tactics

Use of Cover, Deception

Angles of Attack

Distance of Opening Fire

Defense Tactics and

Their Effectiveness

COMMENTS AND

RECOMMENDATIONS

Own Weaknesses

Enemy Weaknesses

Offensive Tactics,  Own

        "             "     ,  Enemy

Defensive Tactics, Own

        "             "     ,  Enemy

Flexible Gunnery, Own

Escort Tactics

Fighter Direction

Use of Radar

Night Fighting

Recognition, Aircraft

One PBJ-1H took off a 1300 for a regularly scheduled reconnaissance flight over Kusaie Island.  The plane arrived over the island at 1450 and began patrolling the shoreline flying about one mile off shore at 1000' elevation.  Coming around the western tip of the island the pilot observed a large house near the shore with what appeared to be revettments beside it.  He shot one 75mm shell from three thousand yards range destroying part of the roof and then dropped down to an elevation of about 50 feet and made a strafing run on the house with the .50 cal. nose guns.  150 rounds were fired and a good percentage appeared to hit the house starting a fire which was later put out.  As the plane pulled away from the target still at minimum altitude, several bursts of .50 cal. fire were directed at the plane from a position in the rear of the house.  The fire was meagre and quite inaccurate.  Later while patrolling the southeast coast just south of the airstrip the pilot observed two camouflaged gun positions which he decided to attack.  Taking advantage of available cloud cover the pilot swung in over the island and made his run out toward the ocean.  One cannon shell was fired which was a near miss and about 150 rounds of .50 cal. ammunition were expended on the two revetted guns.  Although tracers were seen to enter the gun positions, damage was evidently slight for AA was light, moderate, and inaccurate from this position and another opposite the airstrip as the plane pulled away.  Puffs indicating pre-fused shells and more .50 cal. fire was observed by the plane origination on Yepan Point.  This fire was also inaccurate.  No other activity or suspicious objects were observed and the plane left station at 1630 and returned to Kwajalein landing at 1845 M.

ATTACK

OWN AIRCRAFT

Method of Locating Target

Approach to Target

Altitudes, Speeds

Approach

Dive

Pull-Out

Dive Angle

Strafing

Retirement

Defensive Tactics

Use of Jamming

DEFENSE ENEMY

Evasive Tactics, Ships

Concealment

Searchlights

Night Fighter Tactics

Use of Jamming

COMMENTS AND

RECOMMENDATIONS

Bombing Tactics

Torpedo Tactics

Effectiveness of

Bombs, Torpedoes

Selection of Targets

Fuzing

Strafing Tactics

Defensive Tactics

Use of Radar

Reconnaissance

Photography

Briefing

OPERATIONAL

Navigation

Homing

Rendezvous

Recognition, Ships

Communications

Flight Operations

Search and Tracking

Base Operations

Maintenance

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XIII. MATERIAL DATA.  (Comment freely on performance or suitability, following check list at left

Use additional sheets if necessary).

ARMAMENT

Guns, Gunsights

Turrets

Ammunition

Bombs, Torpedoes

Bomb Sights

Bomb Releases

COMMUNICATIONS

Radio, Radar

Homing Devices

Visual Signals

Codes, Ciphers

RECOGNITION

IFF

Signals

Battle Lights

Procedures

PROTECTION

Armor; Points and Angles

of Fire Needing Further

Protection

Leak Proofing

EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT

Parachutes

Life Belts, Life Rafts

Safety Belts

Emergency Kits

Rations, First Aid

NAVIGATIONAL EQUIPMENT

Compasses

Driftsights

Octants

Automatic Pilots

Charts

Field Lighting

INSTRUMENTS

Flight

Power Plant

OXYGEN SYSTEM

CAMOUFLAGE AND

DECEPTION DEVICES

STRUCTURE

Airframe

Control Surfaces

Control System

Dive Flaps

Landing Gear

Heating System

Flight Characteristics

At Various Landings

POWER PLANT

Engines

Engine Accessories

Propellers

Lubricating System

Starters

Exhaust Dampers

HYDRAULIC SYSTEM

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Auxiliary Plant

Lights

FUEL SYSTEM

FLIGHT CLOTHING

MAINTENANCE

 

REPORT PREPARED BY:   APPROVED BY:    
   

 

SIGNATURE                                                  RANK AND DUTY

SIGNATURE                                                     RANK AND DUTY

DATE

C.R. MOCINE, Captain, S-2.

G.W. Nevils, LtCol., Commanding.

 

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