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375th Fighter Squadron, 361st Fighter Group. Bottisham, mid-July 1944.

Left to right, back row:
Howard Spaulding, Herbert Boelter, David Morgan, James Eason, Murray Bell, Eugene Cole, David Edwards, William Shackelford, William Kemp, William McCoppin, Maynard Emlaw, Dustin Cowle, William Gill, Eugene Gentzler and Bruce Rowlett

Left to right, second row:
Charles Narvis and Joseph Kapr

Left to right, third row:
Raymond Comer, Alton Snyder, Robert Adams, Sherman Armsby, Robert Wright, Warren Ewert, John Black, Roswell Freedman (Squadron Commander), James Hall and Urban Drew

Left to right, fourth row:
James Donohue, William Rogers, John Thomas, Russell Sobieski, Merle Rainey, Dean Morehouse, Elroy Neely, Francis Glankler

Left to right, fifth row: Charles Cummins, 'Snitz' and Martin Johnson

Museum object reference no. BAM_0308



  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 375th Fighter Squadron


  • Robert Adams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep to Carlsruhe Koblenz hit by flak and crashed near Heppenheim in P-51D 'Pat' 44-14678 25-Jan-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11917.

  • Sherman Armsby

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 5.5 destroyed, 2 damaged. Destroyed 3 x Bf109's on a single mission dated 20-Jul-44. Brought down strafing rail carriages, ammunition carriage exploded as he flew over...

  • Murray Bell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Eugene Cole

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Re-assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 2 x destroyed [Air], 1 x probable [Air] and 1 x destroyed [Ground]. Failed to Return (FTR) area...

  • Urban Drew

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Urban L "Ben" Drew joined the US Army Air Force in 1942, and trained P-51 Mustang pilots after graduating from Marian, Florida. He arrived in England in October 1944 and joined the 361st Fighter Group. Drew completed 75 missions with the 361st and...

  • James Eason

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    James Eason served as a pilot with the 361st Fighter Group. He was Killed in Action on 1 November 1944.

  • David Edwards

    Military | Second Lieutenant

  • Roswell Freedman

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Flew 4 missions on D-Day, 3 days later hit diving at a troop train (won Purple Heart). Battle of the Bulge. ...

  • Francis Glankler

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot and 375th FS "D" Flight commander

  • Joseph Kapr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Joseph Kapr served as a fighter pilot with the 361st Fighter Group. Due to dropping oil pressure and an engine starting to smoke, he bailed out of his P-51 42-106741 on an escort mission on 4 August 1944 and landed in the sea near Heligoland, Germany....

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Date Contributor Update
05 July 2016 11:39:00 Lucy May Changes to caption

Amended formatting of caption to make it easier to work out who is who.

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2015 14:09:31 K Flynn Changes to caption and person associations

Associated people by names given in caption

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2015 10:54:51 K Flynn Created entry with collection and caption

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