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Shannon Christian

Military

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ, 67FW, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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. ...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters (67th Fighter Wing)

Aircraft

  • 42-8395 Cookie

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-2-RE 42-8395 [YJ:S] "Cookie" was asssigned to the 353FS/351FS at Metfield, UK. On 25-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by LTC Loren G. McCollum (Commanding Officer 353FG), was despatched with other P-47s from the 353FG to attack the German airfield of...

  • 42-76103 'Cookie II'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 410FS, 373FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-22477

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

  • Walcot Hall

    Military site : non-airfield
    Bought by the Dearden family in 1891, during the Second World War the Hall was used as an RAF operations room remote from conjoined RAF Wittering and RAF Collyweston. From December 1943 the 67th Fighter Wing took over, using the Hall as a command and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Monroe County, MS, USA 12 February 1917
Enlisted Jackson, MS, USA 15 October 1940

Enlistment Date: 15 Oct 1940
Release Date: 11 Jul 1941

Enlisted 12 July 1941

Enlistment Date: 12 Jul 1941
Release Date: 31 Oct 1960

Crashed Owens Field Skate Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd, Columbia, SC 29205, USA 20 October 1941

Landing Accident Mech Failure Owens Field, Columbia, SC Cat 3 damage Capt Shannon Christian, 20-Oct-41.

P-39D 41-6777 - 35PS 8PG

Crashed Piedmont Dam, Piedmont, OH 43983, USA 8 January 1942

Baled Out Engine Failure Near Piedmont Dam, OH Cat 5 damage Capt Shannon Christian, 8-Jan-42.

P-39D 41-6831 - 35PS 8PG

Based Raydon October 1942 – 9 September 1943

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Raydon, Ipswich IP7 5LL, UK October 1942

Promoted to Major.

Based Walcot Hall 9 September 1943 – February 1944

Transferred to HQ, 67FW, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Metfield, Harleston IP20 0LH, UK 23 September 1943

Taxiing Accident Metfield/Sta 366 Cat 3 damage Capt Shannon Christian, 23-Sep-43.

P-47D 42-22477 - 351FS 353FG 8AF

Based Raydon February 1944 – 21 July 1944

Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Raydon, Ipswich IP7 5LL, UK 10 May 1944

Promoted to Lt Colonel.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 21 July 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Crashed Neubiberg, Germany 15 July 1947

Crashed on Take off Engine Failure Neubiberg AB Cat 3 damage Capt Shannon Christian, 15-Jul-47.

P-51D 44-73311 - 60FS 33FG AFE

Buried 1988

Arlington National Cemetery

Died Montgomery, AL, USA 4 July 1988

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2018 19:11:55 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/528065680-shannon-christian-1917
https://www.fold3.com/record/53628958-shannon-christian
https://www.fold3.com/page/83953358-shannon-christian/facts
https://www.fold3.com/page/528065680-shannon-christian-1917/facts
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Christian&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Christian%2C+Shan...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/122871893/shannon-christian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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