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Charles L McGraw

Military

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. 50+ combat missions. Credited with 3 x kills [Air], 2 destroyed [Grd] and 2 x damaged [Grd].

Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Leonard Arnold

    Military | First Lieutenant | Ordnance and Armament Officer | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Ordnance and Armament Officer between Nov-44 and Jan-45. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Merlin Arnold

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot with the 353rd fighter group, 351st fighter squadron | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. KIA 30-Mar-45. Lost in English Channel.

  • Walter Beckham

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Walter C Beckham enlisted in April 1941. He flew his first missions over the Panama Canal and Ecuador from December 1941. He was assigned to the 353rd Fighter Group in mid 1943, and arrived in the UK in August 1943. Beckham became a successful P-47...

  • Thomas Brock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Achmer A/D. Whilst strafing airdrome, hit in coolant system by return fire, bellied in Hopsten. Initially reported as MIA on 21-Mar...

  • Henry Carbonneau

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Flew with the 351st Fighter Squadron/353rd Fighter Group based at Raydon, Suffolk, England from 28-May-44 until Nov-44. On 8-Jun-44 Carbonneau shot down an Me109 for his only aerial victory. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arthur Carroll

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Returned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 2 x He 111, 1 x Fw 190. Ended Tour of...

  • Harold Chase

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 2 x kills, 1 x damaged [Air]. Credited with 4 x destroyed, 1 x damaged [Ground]. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gordon Compton

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Became squadron C/O after Lt Col Frederick H Lefebre. Compton was a squadron ace with 5 x kills, including a ME262 downed on 10-Apr-45. ...

  • Glenn Duncan

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer of 353rd Fighter Group | 353rd Fighter Group
    Glenn E Duncan joined the 353rd Fighter Group in March 1943 as Group Executive Officer. He claimed 19 victories until he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commander of the Group in November 1943. ...

  • Bruce Eddy

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Achmer A/D Germany in P-51D 'Lil Boston Bull' 44-14569. Thought KIA crashed near Krefeld on 21-Mar-45, but later liberated Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 13955. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • VIII Fighter Command

    VIII Fighter Command

    Command
    VIII Fighter Command was established as VIII Interceptor Command at Selfridge Field on 2 February 1942.

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron (VIII Fighter Command)

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Warrensburg, MO 64093, USA 26 October 1921

Son of Lee and Ora Almeda [Adams] McGraw.

Lived in Johnson County, MO, USA 1941
Enlisted Kansas City, KS, USA 21 July 1942
Based Raydon 18 August 1944 – August 1945

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed [Grd] 13 September 1944

Do217 destroyed ground 13-Sep-94.

E/A Destroyed [3] 7 April 1945

3 x Me109 destroyed air 7-Apr-45.

E/A Destroyed [Grd] 7 April 1945

1 x He111 destroyed on ground. 7-Apr-45;

E/A Damaged [Grd] [2] 7 April 1945

2 x He111 damaged on ground. 7-Apr-45.

Buried Hustonville, KY 40437, USA March 1997

McKinney Cemetery
Trigg County
KY

Died Hopkinsville, KY, USA 9 March 1997

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2019 14:55:35 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2017 12:58:45 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, firstname, nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28728464?terms=Charles%20L%20McGraw
https://www.fold3.com/record/66233037-charles-l-mcgraw
https://353rdfightergroup.wordpress.com/351st-fs/
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/125816419/charles-l.-mcgraw

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2017 21:52:00 dwgdallas Changes to media associations
Sources

From the personal Collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2017 21:40:56 dwgdallas Changes to middlename, firstname, nickname, role, person associations and place associations
Sources

From the personal Collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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