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Jerry H Ayers

Military

Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD).

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

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

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 38th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-67077 'Mountain Ayers'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Jerry H Ayers. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort mission to Bremen, on return journey whilst letting down through overcast, seen to spin off of formation into a dive and continue straight...

  • 42-67277 'Mountain Ayers'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Jerry H Ayers. Transferred to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Written Off Cat 5 damage, Landing Accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Pilot Lt Alexander F Cilli 554FTS, 496FTG, 5-Aug-44.

Associated Place

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bedford County, TN, USA 24 November 1918
Enlisted Fort Oglethorpe, GA, USA 27 September 1941

Fort Oglethorpe
Georgia
USA.

Assigned Wormingford, Colchester CO6, UK May 1942 – May 1944

Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Westfield Blvd, Pendleton, OR 97801, USA 30 January 1943

Landing Accident Pendleton Field, OR Cat 3 damage Lt Jerry H Ayers, 30-Jan-43.

P-38E 41-1995 - 38FS 55FG

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK May 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died Franklin, TN, USA 14 May 1992

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 August 2016 17:53:14 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/83990727_jerry_h%20ayers/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/50264384_jerry_h%20ayers/details/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / WWW.55th.org roster

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