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Fitje Lavinia Pitts

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Fitje Pitts served with the American Red Cross in England, France and Belgium during World War II. She sailed to England on the Queen Mary; Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy was one of her cabin mates. Upon arriving in the UK she was first assigned to the 95th Bomb Group in Horham. In her almost thirty months in the ETO she was attached to the 95th, IX Bomber Command, 91st Bomb Group, 386th Bomb Group, and after the war ended, the 27th Air Transport Group.

Service

Units served with

  • IX Bomber Command
  • 27th Air Transport Group
  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 386th Bomb Group flew B-26 Marauders for the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. Whilst with the Eighth, the Group developed the formation release procedure for the B-26 on missions that targeted aerodromes, marshalling yards and V-weapon sites along the...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • American Red Cross

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Great Dunmow

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield, two miles north-west of Great Dunmow, was built in 1942-1943 by the US Army's 818th Engineer Battalion (Aviation), alongside British contractors. B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group moved in in September 1943, and in October the Group...

  • Marks Hall

    Military site : non-airfield
    Marks Hall's estate was requisitioned in 1941 for the construction of Earls Colne airfield (USAAF Station 358). ...

  • Villacoublay

    Military site : airfield

  • St Trond

    Military site : airfield

  • Beaumont Sur Oise

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Providence, RI, USA 6 June 1917
Died Roland Park, Baltimore, MD, USA 31 October 2008

Aged 91

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2018 13:25:15 general ira snapsorter Changes to media associations
Sources

Associated media.

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2018 18:35:01 Tim Pitts Changes to biography
Sources

Fitje Pitts' personal papers

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2018 12:26:47 general ira snapsorter Changes to media associations
Sources

Associated Media

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2018 17:46:29 Tim Pitts Changes to events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Fitje Pitts' personal papers

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2017 12:09:24 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Correspondence with Mrs Pitts' son, Tilghman G Pitts III.

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2008-11-05/news/0811040082_1_american-r...

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