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Form ACA-1

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AIRCRAFT ACTION REPORT

RESTRICTED

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filled out)

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I. GENERAL

(a) Unit Reporting

VMB-613

(b) Based on or at

Kwajalein Island and Atoll

(c) Report No.

34

(d) Take off: Date

2 April, 1945

 Time (LZT)

 

1200M, First/

Plane(Zone)

Lat

850'N.

Long

1679'E.

(e) Mission

Hunter-Killer near Wotje Atoll.

(f) Time of Return

Last Plane

1715M.

(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

4

none

none

3  350# depth charges.

1 Mark V mod I flare.

Nose Instantaneous.

Transverse 25' hydro.

PBJ-1H

VMB-613

4

none

none

4  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
-- -- --

--

--

--

--

--

     

 

         
               

 

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)

--

----

--

     

(ZONE)

     
     

(ZONE)

     

(h) Apparent Enemy Mission(s)

---

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

------
 

(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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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     --

--

----

----

----

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

--

--

----

----

----

         
         
         
         
         
         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 MM

PBJ-1H

450 450 6 1160 725 -- -- -- -- 8
                     
                     
 

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

CALIBER NONE MEAGER MODERATE INTENSE

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

X      

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

X      

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

  X    
 

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

SPEED, CLIMB

at various altitudes

TURNS

DIVES

CEILINGS

RANGE

PROTECTION

ARMAMENT

None observed.

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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)

 

(b) Time Over Target(s)

 

(Zone)

 

(FOR SHIPS INCLUDE ALL IN AREA UNDER ATTACK)

 

(c) Clouds Over Target  
 

( BASE IN FEET. TYPE IN TENTHS OF COVER)

(d) Visibility of Target  

(e) Visibility

 

 

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

 

(MILES)

(f) Bombing Tactics:  Type

 

Bomb Sight Used

 

 

 

(LEVEL, GLIDE, OR DIVE)

 

(TYPE)

Bombs Dropped per Run

 

Spacing

 

Altitude of Bomb Release

 

  (NUMBER)   (FEET)   (FEET)

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

None

Probably Destroyed

None

Damaged

None

 
 

(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

 

         
 
2

 

         
 
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)

 

 
(p) Were Photographs Taken?  

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

Eight PBJ's of this squadron took off at three hour intervals beginning at 1200M., 2 April, 1945 on a hunter-killer mission following a submarine report in Wotje Lagoon.  The surface vessel in charge was the Wintle, DE #25.  Operations were conducted in accordance with Annex "B" of Operation Plan No. 2-44 of Commander, Shore Based Air Force, Marshall-Gilberts Area.  Four planes which were on station during hours of darkness carried three depth charges and one flare and the others which operated during daylight hours were loaded with four depth charges. 

Each plane proceeded to Wotje Lagoon, reported to the Wintle and proceeded with a modified square search so laid out that the plane periodically recrossed Wotje Atoll during its period on station.  This was done because it was felt that Wotje Lagoon was the most probably place for the enemy to be lurking.  Weather continued excellent during the entire operation and radar equipment functioned satisfactorily but no contacts with the reported submarine were made either visual or radar.  During the course of the search four planes were fired on from islands in the Wotje Atoll.  Fire was light, meagre, and inaccurate.  An overlay on the following page shows the sources of the fire so far as they could be observed.  In addition to the gunfire one plane observed a searchlight located toward the southern end of Wotje Island.  This light coordinated automatic weapons fire and was directed in a westerly direction across Wotje Lagoon at about 2030 M. on 2 April.  The target did not appear to be the plane and the pilot could not determine what the Japanese were attempting to fire at.  When the plane changed its course to investigate, all fire and the light ceased.  No other unusual activity was observed and the hunter-killer was secured at 1600, 3 April, 1945 the last plane being on station landing at Kwajalein at 1715 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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