OPNAV-16-V-#537

Form ACA-1

Sheet 1 of 5

AIRCRAFT ACTION REPORT

RESTRICTED

(Reclassified when

filled out)

 CONFIDENTIAL

 

I. GENERAL

(a) Unit Reporting

VMB 613

(b) Based on or at

Kwajalein Island, Kwajalein Atoll, forward echelon at Majuro.

(c) Report No.

62

(d) Take off: Date

31 July, 1945.

 Time (LZT)

1235M

(Zone)

Lat

705'N.

Long

17122'E.

(e) Mission

Harrass islands, Wotje Atoll as part of a coordinated strike.

(f) Time of Return

1505M.

(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

2

--

2

4 X 250#G.P.

8 X 5"AR.

 

BOMBS

PBJ-1H

VMB 613

1

--

1

4 X 250#G.P.

7 X 5"AR.

Nose-instantaneous.

Tail-non-delay.  

PBJ-1H

VMB 613

1

--

1

7 X 5"AR.

ROCKETS 

Nose-instantaneous. 

 

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

 
TYPE SQUADRON NUMBER

BASE

TYPE SQUADRON NUMBER BASE
SB2C VMSB 231 9

Majuro

F4U

VMF 155

9

Kwajalein Is., forward

SB2C VMSB 331 9

Majuro

     

echelon at Majuro.

SB2C HQSQ 13 2

Majuro

PBM

VH 5

1

Majuro-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)

--

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--

     

(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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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 MM

PBJ-1H

206 168 2.5 1160 300 -- 4800 -- -- 4
                     
                     
 

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)

Various Islands, Wotje Atoll.

(b) Time Over Target(s)

1335-1420M

(Zone)

 

(FOR SHIPS INCLUDE ALL IN AREA UNDER ATTACK)

 

(c) Clouds Over Target 500-2000 feet  5 to 10/10 cumulus with rain squalls.
 

( BASE IN FEET. TYPE IN TENTHS OF COVER)

(d) Visibility of Target Obscured by clouds

(e) Visibility

3-10

 

(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

1 to 4

Spacing

---

Altitude of Bomb Release

1000

  (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

Parae Is.

Undetermined

1 PBJ-1H

2X5"AR.

 

2

Slight.

VMB 613

2

Enea Is.

"

2 PBJ-1H

2X5"AR.

4X250#G.P.

9

4

Serious.

VMB 613

3

Ormed Is.

"

1 PBJ-1H

4X5"AR.

4

Serious.

VMB 613

4

Egemedio Is.

"

1 PBJ-1H

3X250#G.P.

4X5"AR.

3

4

Serious, bivouac area destroyed.

VMB 613

5

Hulk off Egemedio Island.

30' X 100'

1 PBJ-1H

1X250#G.P.

1X5"AR.

0

0

None.

VMB 613

6

Cherutaku Is.

Undetermined

1 PBJ-1H

2X5"AR.

2

Serious.

VMB 613

7

Toton Is.

"

1 PBJ-1H

1X250#G.P.

1

Slight.

VMB 613

8

Neichen Is.

"

1 PBJ-1H

1X250#G.P.

2X5"AR.

1

2

Serious.

VMB 613

(o)

9

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Ukon Is.

Undetermined

1 PBJ-1H

1X250#G.P.

1

Serious.

VMB-613

2X5"AR.

2

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Wetowerakku Is.

"

1 PBJ-1H

1X250#G.P.

1

Serious.

VMB-613

4X5"AR.

4

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4800 rounds of .50 caliber strafed on all above islands.

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RESULTS:  Target on all islands were Jap bivouac areas and gardens known to exist through POW interrogation.  Nature of targets and poor weather made accurate damage assessment impossible, however serious damage is assumed to have resulted when bombs, rockets, and .50 caliber strafing were in target area.

 

 

 
(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

The four PBJ's took off from Majuro ahead of the other planes in the strike and proceeded to Wotje where they harassed assigned targets while the main attack on Wotje Island was being pressed home by the fighters and dive bombers.  The four Mitchells released twelve 250# G.P. bombs and fired thirty 5" rockets at nine islands in Wotje Atoll.  Runs were made from all directions, bombs being dropped from 1000' elevation and rockets from 700 to 800 feet both at an I.A.S. of 200 knots.  Weather was very poor with continuous rain squalls interfering with runs but all bombs and rockets were in the target area with the exception of one bomb and one rocket which missed a hulk off Egemedio Island at which they were directed.  Meager medium inaccurate AA was observed from Wotje Island.  Following the harassment three planes joined up and flew to home base at Kwajalein, landing at 1505M.  The fourth plane was to escort the fighters back to Kwajalein but poor weather prevented a joinup and the bomber and fighters returned to base separately, all landing safely.

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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