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Vincent W Masters

Military

1st Pilot to Lead Pilot to Squadron Operations Officer. Completed required 28 missions.
Lead Pilot for wing on Regensburg Shuttle mission to Bone, North Africa. Forced to ditch on return to base in England.

Masters became the Commanding Officer of 3rd Scouting Force.

Transferred to 3rd AD HQ as Deputy Chief Staff Operations.

Transferred to Continental Air Force, Bolling Field, DC to form Scouting Force for 20th AF under Generals Earl Partridge and Curtis LeMay when the war ended.

Service

Units served with

  • 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. ...

  • 551st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30187 Lulu Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Gore 6/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-K] Gt Ashfield 16/6/43; Missing in Action Evreux 24/8/43 with Maj Preston Piper, Co-pilot: Vince Masters, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Luther...

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 Corona, California 29 February 1920

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2017 13:42:05 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self

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