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Going home after completing 300 combat hours, Robert "Tom" Thomson and Harry "Matt" Matthew being awarded the DDB (Distinguished Dinghy Butt) 'Medal'. [L-R Capt Harry L Matthew, Capt Lt Robert C Thomson]. 369FS, 359FG, 8AF.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 369th Fighter Squadron


  • Harry Matthew

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Returned for 2nd tour. Failed to Return (FTR) in P-51D 'Pistol Packin Mama' 44-15081 crashed near Neustadt on 28-Feb-45 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 12800. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Thomson

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. 123 missions, 540 hours. Credited 4 x kills [Air] and 2 x damaged [Grd]. End Tour of Duty (ETD). [P-47D 42-75085, P-51B 42-106841, P-51D 44-15242, P-51D 44-14432, P-51D 44-72780] Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Date Contributor Update
30 December 2017 09:00:16 Al_Skiff Changes to caption

Peter Randall

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2017 21:53:22 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations

Peter Randall