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Sherman Armsby

Military

Assigned to 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 5.5 destroyed, 2 damaged. Destroyed 3 x Bf109's on a single mission dated 20-Jul-44. Brought down strafing rail carriages, ammunition carriage exploded as he flew over it near Thionville 26-Aug-44 in P-51B 43-24761 'Jacqueline'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8538.

Awards: DSC, DFC, AM (3 OLC), PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 375th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-24761 'Jacqueline'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Brought down strafing rail carriages, ammunition carriage exploded as he flew over it near Thionville 26-Aug-44. Pilot 1st Lt Sherman Armsby Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8538.

  • 42-103588

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Sherman Armsby.

Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • Bottisham

    Military site : airfield
    The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pleasanton, KS 66075, USA 8 December 1924

Son of Horace and Jessie Edith [Rawson] Armsby.

Lived in Oakland, CA, USA 1940
Enlisted Maryland, USA 17 September 1942
Assigned Atcham, Shrewsbury, UK 1944 – 9 April 1944

Assigned to 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK 9 April 1944 – 26 August 1944

Transferred to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK July 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Died 57100 Thionville, France 26 August 1944

Brought down strafing rail carriages, ammunition carriage exploded as he flew over it near Thionville 26-Aug-44 in P-51B 43-24761 'Jacqueline'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8538.

Buried 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2016 15:45:36 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=armsby
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=8538
https://www.fold3.com/image/28673486/?terms=Sherman%20Armsby
https://www.fold3.com/page/83815169_sherman_armsby/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Armsby&GSfn=Sherma...

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 10:31:35 Lucyd Changes to highest rank, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Combined two entries into a single entry. Record includes information from the following sources:
MACR 8538 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database
https://www.abmc.gov/search-abmc-burials-and-memorializations/detail/WWI...
http://www.fold3.com/image/28673486/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul B. Cora, MACR 8538 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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