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Lawrence Hector Bouchard

Military

Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, VIII Fighter Command. Completed 300hrs combat and returned home.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Remained in USAF, rising to Lt Colonel in the reserves. Worked as a carpenter at St Lawrence Psychiatric Center for more than 30 years until retirement in 1975.

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. ...

  • VIII Fighter Command

    VIII Fighter Command

    Command
    VIII Fighter Command was established as VIII Interceptor Command at Selfridge Field on 2 February 1942.

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 369th Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron (VIII Fighter Command)

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Bovingdon

    Military site : airfield
    Bovingdon, in Hertfordshire (often confused with Bovington, Dorset), was built in 1941-42 as a bomber station but was never developed into a fully-fledged heavy bomber airfield as it did not have the required 2,000 yard runway. ...

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ogdensburg, NY 13669, USA 7 September 1915

Son of Hector and Minnie [Montroy] Bouchard.

Lived in Ogdensburg, NY 13669, USA 1941
Enlisted Albany, NY, USA 6 May 1941
Based East Wretham April 1943

Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promoted Wretham IP24, UK 29 March 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed Wretham IP24, UK 19 July 1944

Landing Accident East Wretham/Sta 133 Cat 3 damage Lt Lawrence H Bouchard, 19-Jul-44.

P-51B10 42-106611 - 368FS* 359FG 8AF.

Transferred Bovingdon, Hemel Hempstead, UK 14 August 1944

Transferred to HQ Sqn, VIII Fighter Command.

Buried 5968 NY-812, Ogdensburg, NY 13669, USA September 2000

Foxwood Memorial Park
Ogdensburg
St Lawrence County
New York
USA

Died 11 September 2000

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2018 17:02:09 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname and events
Sources

https://www.facebook.com/359thFighterGroup/

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2017 14:52:34 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Son, Gary Bouchard, Unit History

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2017 13:40:27 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Bouchard&Submit=S...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Bouchard%2C+Law&S...
https://www.fold3.com/page/85950084_lawrence_h%20bouchard/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/11952043_lawrence_h%20bouchard/details/
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=29405207

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

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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