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Nathaniel Hayne Blanton

Military

Assigned to 24th PG in Philippines evacuated to Australia. Went to Java with the 17th PS and then 7th FS 49thFG in Australia and New Guinea completed tour and was credited with downing 4 Japanese Zeros.
On his 2nd tour he deployed to the European Theatre of Operations and was assigned to 779th FS, 20th FG. Gave up command of the 79th FS due to combat fatigue. Transferred to 554FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD).
Flew LT-6G Texan FACs in Korea 1951-52.
Lt Col USAFR retired
Lived on Padilla Bay in Mt Vernon, WA and made the greatest Crab Louies ever!!

Service

Units served with

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. ...

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Earlsboro, OK, USA 3 November 1915
Crashed Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines 20 June 1941

Ground Loop Legaspi, Albay, Phillipines Cat 4 damage Lt Nathaniel H Blanton, 20-Jun-41.

P-35A 41-17456 - 17PS 4CG

Based New Guinea March 1942 – December 1942

Assigned to 7FS, 49FG, 5AF USAAF. Java, Phillipines. Darwin, Australia and New Guinea.

Destroyed E/A aircraft (3) Java, Indonesia March 1942 – May 1942

Destroyed 3 enemy aircraft over Java.

Destroyed/Damaged E/A aircraft Darwin NT, Australia June 1942

1 x Zero destroyed and 1 x Zero damaged over Darwin in June 42.

End Tour Duty (ETD) New Guinea December 1942

Completed 1st Tour Duty (ETD).

Squadron C/O King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8, UK August 1943 – 14 November 1943

Made squadron C/O 79th FS, 20th FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Bovingdon, Hemel Hempstead, UK 14 November 1943 – March 1944

Transferred to HQ Sqn VIII Fighter Command.

Transferred Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber DN19, UK March 1944 – May 1944

Transferred to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour Duty (ETD) England, UK May 1944

Completed 2nd Tour Duty (ETD).

Died Samish Island, Washington, USA 23 December 2006
Buried Mt Vernon, WA, USA January 2007

Bay View Cemetery
Mount Vernon
Skagit County
Washington, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2017 06:32:37 fugari Changes to media associations
Sources

JCook Photo Collection & Archives

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2017 06:31:27 fugari Changes to awards and unit associations
Sources

L/C Cy Blanton & JCook Photo Collection & Archives

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2016 15:10:45 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/57560588_nathaniel_h%20blanton/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=95625842
49th Fighter Group: Aces of the Pacific by William N Hess
http://20fwa.org/79th_fighter_squadron.php
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Blanton%2C+Nathan...

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2016 14:45:30 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/57560588_nathaniel_h%20blanton/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=95625842
49th Fighter Group: Aces of the Pacific by William N Hess
http://20fwa.org/79th_fighter_squadron.php

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2016 14:41:16 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/57560588_nathaniel_h%20blanton/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=95625842
49th Fighter Group: Aces of the Pacific by William N Hess

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2016 14:22:05 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, place associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/57560588_nathaniel_h%20blanton/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=95625842
49th Fighter Group: Aces of the Pacific by William N Hess

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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