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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

    Command
    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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