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Russell U Fairbanks


'I was a member of the 377th Fighter Squadron 362nd Fighter Group, 9th Air Force. We flew out of Colchester (AAF Sta 159 Wormingford Essex) April 44 moved to AAF sta 412 Headcorn (Maidstone) Kent. Our group moved to A-12 Balleroi, France, in July 1944. I Flew 98 missions before returning April 45.

April, May and June 1944 flew Ftr sweeps and interdiction missions from England. Moved to Normandy Beach, July. Assigned XIX TAC, Covered by Ground Support missions Gen Patton's 3rd Army across France and into Germany. Flew 98 missions in Thunderbolt aircraft. Owe life to aircraft and ground crew.'


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  • 362nd Fighter Group

    362nd Fighter Group

    The Group trained in P-47s and moved to England in November 1943. Arriving earlier than many other Ninth Air Force fighter groups, the pilots main occupation was escort work for heavy bombers. The Group's first mission on 8 February 1944 was one...

  • 377th Fighter Squadron


Date Contributor Update
20 November 2014 15:27:30 Emily Changes to biography

Self, via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.