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Reunion after VE Day of US Eighth Air Force officers at Raydon air base where the 353rd Fighter Group were stationed. Left to right they are: Captain William J. Maguire, Lieutenant-Colonel William B. Bailey (elbow bent), Colonel Glenn E. Duncan, Major James R. Carter, Lieutenant-Colonel Loren G. McCollom, Lieutenant-Colonel Wayne K. Blickenstaff and Captain Giles B. Cook Jr.

Lieutenant-Colonel Bill Bailey was the Commanding Officer (CO) of between 353rd Fighter Group 9 September 1945 and 24 September 1945. He took over as CO from Colonel Glenn Duncan.

Major Jim Carter was a pilot with the 61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group between 10 January 1945 and 8 May 1945.

Lieutenant-Colonel Loren McCollom was a pilot with the 56th Fighter Group before joining the 353rd Fighter Group as CO in August 1943. In November of that year he was captured as a POW. Captain Giles Cook was a ground officer with the 61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group.

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Reunion after VE Day of US Eighth Air Force officers at Raydon air base where the 353rd Fighter Group were stationed. Left to right they are: Captain William J. Maguire, Lieutenant-Colonel William B. Bailey (elbow bent), Colonel Glenn E. Duncan, Major James R. Carter, Lieutenant-Colonel Loren G. McCollom, Lieutenant-Colonel Wayne K. Blickenstaff and Captain Giles B. Cook Jr. Lieutenant-Colonel Bill Bailey was the Commanding Officer (CO) of between 353rd Fighter Group 9 September 1945 and 24 September 1945. He took over as CO from Colonel Glenn Duncan. Major Jim Carter was a pilot with the 61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group between 10 January 1945 and 8 May 1945. Lieutenant-Colonel Loren McCollom was a pilot with the 56th Fighter Group before joining the 353rd Fighter Group as CO in August 1943. In November of that year he was captured as a POW. Captain Giles Cook was a ground officer with the 61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group.

Connections

Units

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    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...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron

People

  • William Bailey

    Military | Lieutenant General | Air Executive; Deputy Commanding Officer
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. 186 x combat missions. ...

  • Wayne Blickenstaff

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. 133 missions and 457 combat hours. Credited with 10 victories in aerial combat, a double ace and an ace in day. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). ...

  • James Carter

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. 137 x combat missions, 367 x combat hrs. Credited 6 x kills, 3 x probables and 3 x damaged. Completed 2 tours of duty. Married to Marion N. Carter. ...

  • Giles Cook

    Military | Ground Officer

  • Glenn Duncan

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer of 353rd Fighter Group
    Glenn E Duncan joined the 353rd Fighter Group in March 1943 as Group Executive Officer. He claimed 19 victories until he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commander of the Group in November 1943. ...

  • William Maguire

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    KIFA killed in flying accident, P-51B Mustang 43-12433 11th August 1945. Maguire was killed when his P-51 Mustang crashed near Great Dunmow, Essex. He had flown with the 351st Fighter Squadron of the 353rd Fighter Group throughout the war. Colonel Ben...

  • Loren McCollom

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer, Pilot
    Liutenant Colonel (LTC) Loren G. McCollom served as the Commanding Officer of the 353rd Fighter Squadron at Metifield UK from 18-Aug-43 to 25-Nov-43. ...

Locations

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2016 04:46:57 furrykids_2000 Changes to person associations
Sources

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Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:22:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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