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Assigned to the 368th Fighter Squadron on 11 July 1944, Capt. Elby J. Beal of Angleton, TX, flew 270 combat hours, completing his tour of duty with the 359th Fighter Group on 23 January 1945 with three aerial victories and one probable.



  • 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...

  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.


  • Elby Beal

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. 270 hours. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.


  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Date Contributor Update
15 May 2019 13:50:27 Janet Fogg Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Photo courtesy Robert B. Hatter.
Archived by Char Baldridge, Historian, 359th Fighter Group Association.
Posted by Janet Fogg, 359th Fighter Group Historian.