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Argent J Acosta Jr

Military

Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Area sweep to Berlin, shortly after landfall formation went onto instruments due to overcast, element leader called a break as another group of P-51's where descending onto the formation, contact lost with 2nd Lt Acosta in P-51D 'Carolina Moon' 44-13936, Killed in Action (KIA) near Kiel. MACR 8319.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 364th Fighter Group

    364th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 364th Fighter Group flew 342 missions in P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs from Honington, Suffolk. The missions ranged from escorting bombers and dive-bombing and strafing targets to area patrol missions across a swathe of land that took in France...

  • 383rd Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-13936 'Bettye Jo III' 'Carolina Moon'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Samuel J Wicker. Failed to Return (FTR) Area sweep to Berlin, shortly after landfall formation went onto instruments due to overcast, element leader called a break as another group of P-51...

Associated Place

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Orleans Parish, LA, USA 1921
Enlisted Louisiana, USA 1942
Assigned Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP31, UK 13 June 1944 – 27 August 1944

Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

Killed in action Kiel, Germany 27 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Area sweep to Berlin, shortly after landfall formation went onto instruments due to overcast, element leader called a break as another group of P-51's where descending onto the formation, contact lost with 2nd Lt Acosta in P-51D 'Carolina Moon' 44-13936, Killed in Action (KIA) near Kiel. MACR 8319.

Buried 1945

Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Neuville-en-Condroz
Arrondissement de Liège
Liège, Belgium.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2016 15:47:01 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 8319 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2016 13:47:48 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Acosta&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=8319&Submit=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28691370
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Acosta&GSfn=Argent...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8319 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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