Republic P-47D 42-8414 SX-K “The Flying Finn," "Ginny" and "Doll”, pilot Lt. Juntilla, 352nd FS 353rd FG, December 1943.
At 16:15 hrs on December 4, 1943 SX-K, piloted by Lt. Kipfer, was landing at Metfield from the mission and blew a tyre causing the aircraft to nose over. Although Lt. Kipfer was flying the aircraft for the mission, SX-K was assigned and named by Lt. Wilbert H. Juntilla.
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...
Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred Base Air Depot #1.
4 December 1943
A force of 140 P-47s is despatched from: 56FG; 352FG; and 353FG. 16 P-47s from 353FG dive-bomb the German arifield of Glize-Rijen, Holland. P-47 of 352FG perform a fighter sweep ahead of the attacking force. P-47s from 353FG and 56FG provide escort....
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...
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