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John Leroy Armstrong

Military

Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x Fw190 destroyed. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Bad Kreuznach, left formation in P-51D 'Guardian Angel' 44-13791 trailing white smoke and baled out. 28-Aug-44. Pilot 1st Lt John L Armstrong POW. MACR 8303.

Awards: AM (5 OLC), DFC, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post War: Remained in USAF. At the Dayton Air Show 3-Sep-54, being held at the James M Cox Municipal Airport, he flew his North American Aviation F-86H-1-NA Sabre, 52-1998, to a World Speed Record over a 500 kilometer course, averaging 649.461 miles per hour. He died two days later when his plane broke apart in flight while attempting to set another record.

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. ...

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 79th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-13791 'Okie Bloke IV' 'Guardian Angel'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major William W Smith. Re-assigned to 1st Lt John L Armstrong. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Bad Kreuznach, left formation trailing white smoke and baled out. 28-Aug-44. Pilot 1st Lt...

  • 42-67490

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred War Weary to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Orange County, CA, USA 19 July 1922

Son of Milton Williams and Olive M [Meyer] Armstrong.

Lived in Los Angeles, California 1940
Crashed North Killingholme, Immingham DN40, UK 13 March 1944

Crashed Belly Landing out of fuel North Willingholme Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt John L Armstrong, 13-Mar-44.

554FTS 496FTG 8AF.

Assigned King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8, UK 26 March 1944 – 28 August 1944

Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8, UK 26 June 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Baled Out POW 55758 Bruchweiler, Germany 28 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Bad Kreuznach, left formation trailing white smoke and baled out. 28-Aug-44. Pilot 1st Lt John L Armstrong POW. MACR 8303.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 28 August 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Held at Stalag Luft I.

Crashed Victorville, CA, USA 28 February 1946

Ground Loop Victorville AAF CA Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt John L Armstrong, 28-Feb-46,

AT-6D 42-84338 4196AAFBU

Crashed Clinton County Port Authority, 1113 Airport Rd, Wilmington, OH 45177, USA 4 April 1949

Landing Accident Clinton Country Airport, OH Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt John L Armstrong, 4-Apr-49.

TF-80C 48-919 27AW

Crashed Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA 21 May 1953

Weather related Accident 55 miles NE of Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Cat 2 damage, pilot Lt John L Armstrong, 21-May-53.

530521 EF-86D 50-477 Ftr Mx Section Flt Ops Branch Wright-Patterson AFB, OH ARDC

Crashed Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA 25 November 1953

Explosion 20 miles SW of Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt John L Armstrong, 25-Nov-53.

EF-89C 51-5761 Ftr Maint Sec Flt Ops Branch

Buried Fullerton, CA, USA September 1954

Loma Vista Memorial Park
Fullerton
Orange County
California, USA.

Died Tipp City, OH, USA 5 September 1954

Died when his plane F-86H-1-NA Sabre, 52-1998 broke apart in attempt at record flight. Crashed 1 mile East Tipp City, Ohio.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2016 15:56:10 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Armstrong&Submit=...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Armstrong%2C+John...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Armstrong&GSfn=Joh...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8303 / MACR 8303, King's Cliffe Memorial Edition / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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