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, advanced echelon, Eniwetok

(c) Report No.

6

(d) Take off: Date

6 February

 Time (LZT)

0900 M

(Zone)

Lat

11 -21'N

Long

160 -20'E

(e) Mission

BOMB AIRSTRIP # 2 PONAPE ISLAND

(f) Time of Return

1415 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

6

--

5

4   500 G.P.

21   75mm Shells

Nose .10 delay

Tail .10 delay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

None
TYPE SQUADRON NUMBER

BASE

TYPE SQUADRON NUMBER BASE
PBM VPB-19 1

Parry Island    Dumbo

 

 

 

 

     

 

       
               

 

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

 

(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   PBJ-1H

VMB-613

Cause not established

Wing at engine nacelle

Crashed enemy island.  Seen

2

 

 

 

to explode and burn. #35275

3   PBJ-1H

VMB-613

500 lb. bomb fragment

Thru bottom fuselage at

Hole 18diam. Repaired locally 

4

   

navigators station.

 

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).

(a)

NO.

(b)

SQUADRON

(c)

NAME, RANK OR RATING

(d)

CAUSE

(e)

CONDITION OR STATUS

1

VMB-613

Love, William J. 1st.Lt. USMCR

Plane Crash

Killed in action

1 VMB-613

Stone, Thomas W. 1st.Lt. USMCR

Plane Crash

Killed in action

1 VMB-613

Baumbach, Edward L. Sgt. USMCR

Plane Crash

Killed in action

1 VMB-613

Becker, John A. Sgt. USMCR

Plane Crash

Killed in action

1 VMB-613

Schwaller, John R. S/Sgt. USMC

Plane Crash

Killed in action

1 VMB-613

Snider, David Sgt. USMC

Plane Crash

Killed in action

2 VMB-613

Farley, William M. Pvt. USMCR

Bomb Fragment

Killed in action

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

354 354 5.25 1160 725   1350   5 5
                     
                     
 

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

      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

 

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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)

 

No. 2 Airstrip Ponape Island

(b) Time Over Target(s)

1110

(Zone)

 

(FOR SHIPS INCLUDE ALL IN AREA UNDER ATTACK)

 

(c) Clouds Over Target 1500' Cumulonimbus with base layer extending out 10/10
 

( BASE IN FEET. TYPE IN TENTHS OF COVER)

(d) Visibility of Target Partially obscured by clouds

(e) Visibility

Good

 

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

 

(MILES)

(f) Bombing Tactics:  Type

Glide

Bomb Sight Used

 

None

 

(LEVEL, GLIDE, OR DIVE)

 

(TYPE)

Bombs Dropped per Run

4

Spacing

100'

Altitude of Bomb Release

2000'

  (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

Landing Strip

airfield # 2.

 

200'X4000'

5 PBJ-1H

 

16   500 G.P.

 

9

Serious

VMB 613

2

Large building

SW of strip

40'X80'

1 PBJ-1H

1  75mm. shell

1

Destroyed

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)

 

1.  Nine bombs of sixteen dropped landed on runway leaving craters probably rendering it inoperative.

 

2.  A large building southwest of, and in line with, the runways, probably used for some type of storage,

    was hit with a 75mm. shell and demolished. (See accompanying map).

 

   

 
(p) Were Photographs Taken? (Below)

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

Photos were taken but clouds obscured the target rendering them valueless.

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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

Six planes of this squadron took of at 0900 to bomb the new airfield on Ponape Island which photographs obtained on the previous day had showed to be operational.  The planes joined up east of the field in a V of two plane sections and proceeded to the target flying at 8000 feet and 145 knots I.A.S.  The island was enveloped in a thunderhead obscuring from some quarters and necessitating a change in the planned attack.  The first section found a hole and went in, but the leader had to make such a violent turn to get over the target that his wingman was thrown off and did not drop his bombs.  Visibility on the approach of the second section was better and the first plane flew the length of the target; however, only one hit was obtained, three bombs hanging up in the bombrack.  The second plane had three hits out of four bombs.

The third section swung wide to the left and then circled right to come over the target from a different quarter.  The first plane received a hit in the bottom of the fuselage entering the navigators compartment and instantly killing the navigator.  The navigator was struck about the instant the bombs exploded and examination of the projectile which caused his death indicates that it was probably a fragment of 500 pound G.P. bomb.  To the best of the pilots knowledge he was flying at 1500 feet altitude and 260 knots when he released his bombs over terrain which was about 350 feet above sea level.  The tail gunner of the first plane of the last section saw the right wing of the last plane collapse immediately outboard of the engine nacelle just as the pilot completed a wide turn and leveled out for his approach.  The plane crashed just short of the runway exploding on impact with the ground and burning violently.  In the opinion of the tail gunner no bombs had been dropped by this plane and no heavy A/A fire was observed although light and medium flak was intense.  No cause for the collapse of the wing has been established.  It is believed that all personnel aboard were killed in the crash and also that classified material carried in the plane would have been destroyed by the fire preventing its compromise.  While the third section was making its run the first plane of the second section circled and came over the target again obtaining three hits with the three previously abortive bombs.  On this run a 75mm. shell was fired demolishing a large building of the SW end of the runway.  Waist gunners and tail gunners in most of the planes strafed buildings and installations along the edge of the strip during the runs.

Upon completion of the attack the planes joined up over Ant Atoll at 1500 feet and proceeded back to base landing at 1415.  Dumbo was provided by a PBM from VPB-19 which stayed on station the remainder of the day for snooper duty.

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

All material functioned satisfactorily with the exception of the partially abortive run of the first plane, second section.  No cause could be determined for the release mechanism failure on the first run.

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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