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Virgil Cephus Fields Jr

Military

CO 307th FS 31st FG Oct 1943 - Feb. 1944 (assigned April 1943 - Feb. 1944).
6 air kills (3 x ME-109 + 3 x FW-190) + 2 damaged (1 x FW-190 + 1 x DO-217).
KIA over Anzio on Feb. 6, 1944 shot down by ME-109F
Awarded the DSC posthumously:
Major Virgil C Fields Jr. 0-727434 United States Army Air Forces, is awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a Spitfire fighter airplane in the 307th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group, 12th Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces during World War II. Major Fields' unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 12th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
He was a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He has a large family still living within their tribal nation in Jay, Oklahoma, United States of America.

Service

Units served with

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 307th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • ER130

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire ER130 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • JK707

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire JK707 Mk VcT, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Lived in Ventura County, CA, USA January 1942

Ventura County, California, USA.

Enlisted Santa Maria Ave, Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437, USA 10 January 1942

Santa Maria AAF, CA, USA. 10 Jan 1942.

Assigned Nettuno RM, Italy 1943

Assigned to 307th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group, 12th AF USAAF.

Died Anzio RM, Italy 6 February 1944

Shot down in flames by lone Bf109G crashed at Anzio KIA 2-6-44.

Buried

Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 September 2017 01:36:29 fugari Changes to nickname, role, biography, awards, place associations and media associations
Sources

JCook Photo Collection & Archives

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2016 17:29:44 Lucy May Changes to events
Sources

Correcting spelling of source's name - it's spelt Terri Fields.

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2016 17:28:02 Lucy May Changes to biography
Sources

After correspondence with Terry Fields, added her information: 'VC Fields (WWII) Flying Ace was also a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He has a large family still living within their tribal nation in Jay, Oklahoma, United States of America.'

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2015 14:54:05 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/31st/307th.html
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=30959
American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 By Andrew Thomas

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