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Bryan Jay Booker Jr

Military

Assigned to 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 3rd Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA) P-51D 44-11349 The Citadel, Kent 6-Feb-45.

Awards: PH.

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. ...

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 3rd Scouting Force

    3rd Scouting Force

    Group
    The 3rd Scouting Force was unique in that it operated P-51s and B-17s simultaneously, flying weather reconnaissance and escort missions for the 8th Air Force's Bomb Groups. ...

Aircraft

  • 44-11349

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 3rd Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF. Lost 6-Feb-45 - Lt Brian J Booker (KIFA).

  • 44-14782 'La Verne'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 3rd Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

  • 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 Hill County, TX, USA 5 December 1921

Son of Bryan Jay and Ethel [Jenkins] Booker.

Lived in McLennan County, TX, USA 1942
Based Great Ashfield October 1944 – November 1944

Assigned to 385BG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Wormingford, Colchester CO6, UK November 1944 – 6 February 1945

Transferred to 3rd Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Wormingford, Colchester CO6, UK 3 February 1945

Taxiing Accident Wormingford/Sta 159 Cat 3 damage 1Lt Bryan J Booker Jr, 3-Feb-45.

P-51D10 44-14782 - 3SF 8AF.

Died Dover, UK 6 February 1945

Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA) P-51D 44-11349 The Citadel, Dover, Kent 6-Feb-45.

Buried Hubbard, TX 76648, USA 1948

Fairview Cemetery
Hubbard
Hill County
Texas, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2016 20:03:03 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, firstname, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Booker
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Booker%2C+Bryan+J
https://www.fold3.com/image/46711128
https://www.fold3.com/image/319671394/?terms=Bryan%20J%20Booker

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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