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Pilots of the 486th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group, in front of P-47 Thunderbolt (PZ-R, serial number 42-8412), named "Sweetie" at Bodney air base in March 1944. Left to right, top row: Lieutenant Woodrow W. Anderson, Lieutenant Stanley G. Miles, Lieutenant Frank A. Cutler, Lieutenant Martin E. Corcoran, Lieutenant Donald Y. Whinnem. Left to right, middle row: Lieutenant-Colonel Luther H. Richmond, Captain Stephen W. Andrew, Lieutenant Thomas W. Colby, Lieutenant Henry J. Miklajyck, Captain Edward J. Gignac, Lieutenant Alfred L. Marshall, Lieutenant Alton J. Wallace, Lieutenant Robert C. Frascotti, Lieutenant Donald H. Higgins, Major Willie O. Jackson. Left to right, front row: Lieutenant Lloyd A. Rauk, Lieutenant Warren H. Brashear, Captain Franklyn N. Green, Lieutenant Donald W. McKibben, Lieutenant Theodore P. Fahrenwald, Lieutenant Robert C. MacKean, Lieutenant Edwin L. Heller, Lieutenant Joseph L. Gerst.

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 486th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Woodrow Anderson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Woodrow Anderson entered service from Texas and served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group transferring to the 352nd Fighter Group. He Failed to Return (FTR) from a bomber escort to Dessau. Bounced by three Bf109's near Leipzig and shot down in P...

  • Stephen Andrew

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 9 air to air kills. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep to Budapest, pulling clear of the target engine noted to be smoking, after which it quit. Lt Andrew belly landed and then sprinted clear...

  • Warren Brashear

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Entered Army Air Corps in 1942, trained initially at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Soloed at Sparton School of Aeronautics, Tulsa, OK. Basic flight training ended OK. Served in England, France and Germany assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. One of first...

  • Thomas Colby

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot 1055 Single Engine
    P-51K s/n 44-11654 PZ+T "Lil Evey"

  • Martin Corcoran

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 2 x kills. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Cutler

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Collided with a Messerschmitt Bf-109 during aerial combat while flying escort mission in P-51B 42-106483 crashed near Grimmen, Germany Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4699 ...

  • Theodore Fahrenwald

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • Robert Frascotti

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) on D Day when he hit the control tower on take off from Bodney. This was to be his 89th and last mission, as he was scheduled to rotate home.

  • Joseph Gerst

    Military | Second Lieutenant

  • Edward Gignac

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Edward Gignac was one of the top ski jumpers in the country pre-war, and had lived in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He attended Kimball Union Academy and Middlebury College, both in skiing scholarships. Enlisting in the Air Corps in April 1941, he served in...

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Aircraft

  • 42-8412 'Sweetie'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Locations

  • Bodney

    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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2016 19:42:06 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 11:29:09 Emily Changes to caption and place associations
Sources

FRE 333

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:19:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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