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James Foster Graves

Military

Flew P-51 'Lady Gue'

Service

Units served with

  • 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...

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 376th Fighter Squadron
  • 487th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • 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...

  • Little Walden

    Military site : airfield
    Little Walden was built as a Class A airfield suitable for American heavy bombers. The 409th Bomb Group, as part of the Ninth Air Force, was stationed at the base between March and September 1944, flying A-20 Havocs. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned to unit Little Walden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10, UK 27 February 1945

Assigned to 376th Fighter Squadron

Promoted Bodney, Thetford, Norfolk IP26, UK 28 April 1945

Commissioned to 2nd Lt.

Promoted Bodney, Thetford, Norfolk IP26, UK 27 May 1945

Promoted from 2nd Lt to 1st Lt.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2016 11:26:26 Pyker Changes to biography
Sources

Corrected Summary biography from "Lady Gus" to "Lady Gue".

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2016 11:45:47 Lucy May Changes to biography
Sources

Brought in information from duplicate entries. Sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / record history
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
Edits by Brent Miller using U.S. Select Military Registers

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2016 12:48:07 Pyker Changes to service number, role, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Noted duplicates and ratified to this entry.

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2016 16:52:04 millebr Changes to middlename, nickname and highest rank
Sources

U.S., Select Military Registers

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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