2nd Lt Herbert E Fritts [Washington DC], 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.
The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...
Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod mission, failed to pull out of strafing run on train in P-51B 42-106874, crashed near Hambergen. 2nd Lt Fritts Killed in Action (KIA). 24-May-44. MACR 5402.
Military site : airfield
Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...
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