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'Roll of Honor' at St. John the Baptist Church, Metfield, for USAAF personnel.



  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...


  • Edison Stiff

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Shot down by very accurate flak and crashed near Eckeren (known as Ekeren these days) on a bomber escort mission to Koblenz, GR in P-47D #42-75065

  • Walter Stone

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    16 APR 2019 - update -Previously listed on the Tablets of the Missing in Ardennes American Cemetery & Memorial, Belgium. His remains have been 100% identified in 2019. He will be laid to rest on 11 MAY 2019 in him home town of Andalusia, Alabama,...

  • Gordon Willits

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) Hit trees and crashed near Bad Zwischenahn in P-47 #4222768

  • Joseph Wood

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Shot down by flak and crashed into the North Sea off Walchen Islands, Holland on 22 Feb 1944 in P-47D #42-75647. Killed in Action (KIA).


  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...


Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 15:27:53 apollo11 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations