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David H Courtney


Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medal.


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. ...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 38th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Arkansas, USA 26 November 1923
Lived in Pulaski County, AR, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort Smith, AR, USA 23 June 1942

Camp Chaffee
Fort Smith, AR

Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber DN19, UK 9 August 1944

Landing Accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Cat 5 damage Lt David H Courtney, 9-Aug-44.

P-51C 42-102998 - 555FTS 496FTG 8AF

Based Wormingford 17 August 1944 – March 1945

Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Wormingford, Colchester CO6 3SD, UK 15 November 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK March 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died Newhall, Santa Clarita, CA 91321, USA 26 March 2006
Buried Eternal Valley Memorial Park Mortuary, 23287 North Sierra Hwy, Newhall, CA 91321, United States April 2006

Eternal Valley Memorial Park
Los Angeles County, CA


Date Contributor Update
25 July 2018 18:41:35 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:02 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / roster