Quite a day. The battle of the Marianas is on. The fighter sweep got off at 1300. Two SOCs from the Indianapolis took off at 1500 as standbye rescue planes and one F6F and one F4U took off at this time as escort for them. Brunson got this job. One of our boys went down and the rescue team went in. Ship changed Pt. “O” on them and of course the whole gang got lost & separated after dark. The two VF got back by themselves and I went out after the SOCs who had no VHF. Got them back alive.
ACTION REPORT – 6-29 June 1944
Saipan/Guam/Battle of the Philippine Sea – 6-29 June 1944
D-4 DAY (11 June 1944).
12 VF – Routine patrols.
4 VT – Routine patrols.
SPECIAL FIGHTER SWEEP (1300-1700).
16 VF and 2VT – 1 ZEKE shot down and 1 ZEKE probably shot down by Comdr. W.R. Kane, USN (AGC-10); 1 ZEKE shot down by Lieut. W.R. Harman, USNR (VF-10); 1 ZEKE and 1 EMILY (previously hit by others) shot down by Lt(jg) A. Taddeo, USNR (VF-10); 1 ZEKE and 1 OSCAR shot down by Ens. L.E. Gray, USNR (VF-10); 1 BETTY shot down by Lieut. Van V. Eason, USNR (VT-10); 1 ZEKE shot down by Lieut. R.W. Mason, USNR (VF-10); 1 VF plane piloted by Lt(jg) M.P. Long Jr., USNR (VF-10) shot down by AA over SAIPAN, pilot rescued by seaplane; 1 VF plane piloted by Lt(jg) R.W. Mason, USNR (VF-10) damaged by AA over SAIPAN and made forced water landing alongside DD of TG 58.3 and was rescued; ASLITO AIRFIELD and parked aircraft strafed and bombed; 1 ton of bombs dropped.
RESCUE MISSION ESCORT (1845-2000).
1 VF(N) and 1 VF launched at 1530 to escort rescue mission. Planes lost the SOCs returning in the darkness when they gained altitude to obtain vector. Landed at 1700.
1 VF(N) – launched to assist 2 SOCs from INDIANAPOLIS which had become lost after rescuing Lt(jg) M.P. Long, Jr. Mission was successful.
RECAPITULATION FOR D-4 DAY.
Enemy A/C Shot Down 8 (5 ZEKE, 1 OSCAR, 1 EMILY, 1 BETTY)
Enemy A/C Probably Shot Down 1 ZEKE
Own Planes Lost in Combat 2 VF
Bombs Dropped (Tons) 1
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Tomorrow, June 12 1944…
Today is D-2 day for the occupation of Saipan…