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Laurence Elroy Blumer

Military

Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 393FS, 367FG, 9AF USAAF. Credited with 6 kills, Ace in a day with 5 kills in a quarter hour period. Completed Tour Duty (ETD).

DSC Citation: "Captain (Air Corps) Laurence E. Blumer (ASN: 0-740351), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 393d Fighter Squadron, 367th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on August 25, 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date, Captain Blumer became one of the few fighter pilots to become an "ace-in-a-day" when he shot down five FW-190s in 15 minutes of aerial combat. Captain Blumer's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces."

Awards: SS, DSC, DFC, AM (22 OLC), PH, Belgian Croix de Guerre, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Discharged in 46, started a home construction business in Spokane, Washington. In the late 1960s he bought an ex-Honduran Air Force P-38, repainted it in the wartime colors of "Scrap Iron IV" and flew it at airshows.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 367th Fighter Group

    367th Fighter Group

    Group
    Unusually for a Ninth Air Force group, the 367th Fighter Group flew P-38 Lightnings from England between March 1944, only switching to P-47 Thunderbolts in February 1945 when they were flying out of St. Dizier, France. Stoney Cross, Hampshire, was...

  • 364th Fighter Squadron
  • 393rd Fighter Squadron
  • 9th Air Force

Aircraft

  • 44-23590 'Scrap Iron IV'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 393FS, 367FG, 9AF. Personal aircraft of Capt Laurence E Blumer. Transferred to 326 Ferrying Squadron, 1 Transport Group, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-104200 'The Gremlin'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 393FS, 367FG, 9AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

  • Stoney Cross

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as a secret, emergency airfield, Stoney Cross was developed during 1942-43 as an advance base for both fighters and bombers. Occupied by the RAF from January 1943, before construction was complete, the station had eventually three concrete...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Walcott, ND 58077, USA 31 May 1917

Son of Paul William and Caroline Blumer.

Enlisted Seattle, WA, USA 23 March 1942
Based Leiston 18 March 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Stoney Cross, Lyndhurst SO43, UK 1944 – 15 January 1945

Transferred to 393FS, 367FG, 9AF USAAF.

Promotion Stoney Cross, Lyndhurst SO43, UK 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed Stoney Cross, Lyndhurst SO43, UK 3 May 1944

Crashed Belly Landing Stoney Cross/Sta 452 Cat 3 damage Capt Laurence E Blumer, 3-May-44.

P-38J 42-104200 - 393FS 367FG 9AF.

Ace in a day 02440 Clastres, France 25 August 1944

Five Fw190's destroyed 25-Aug-44. "Ace in a day".

E/A Destroyed Germany 19 November 1944

E/A destroyed 19-Nov-44. Germany.

Promotion Stoney Cross, Lyndhurst SO43, UK 1945

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour Duty (ETD) 15 January 1945

Completed Tour Duty (ETD).

Died Springfield, OR, USA 23 October 1997
Buried Puyallup, WA, USA 25 October 1997

Woodbine Cemetery
Puyallup
Washington

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