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Ernest Edward Bankey Jr

Military

Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 385FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. ETD#1. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 385FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.
An Ace in a day, he was finally credited 10.5 kills[air], 1 x probable, 5 ground kills, also 44 trains destroyed.
ETD#2.

"This is Sunkist Two. I've got 50 Jerries cornered over Bonn. Will share same with any P-51s in the vicinity. See me at smokestack level. Over and out."

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 44-73045 'Lucky Lady VII'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 385FS, 364FG, 8AF. Personal aircraft of Major Ernest E Bankey Jr.

  • 44-15019 'Lucky Lady VI'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 385FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Ernest E Bankey Jr. Failed to Return (FTR) Ramrod to Oranienburg, Germany last seen strafing Stendal airfield. 10-Apr-45. F/O. Theodore F Lasch KIA MACR 13771.

Associated Place

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, CA, USA 20 August 1920
Lived in Toledo, OH, USA 1941
Enlisted Wilberforce, OH, USA 1 April 1941
Based Honington August 1943 – 30 April 1944

Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31, UK August 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Transferred Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31, UK 30 April 1944 – September 1944

Transferred to 385FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31, UK July 1944

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) (1) England, UK September 1944
Based Honington 17 December 1944 – 1945

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed Bonn, Germany 27 December 1944

Destroyed 5.5 Fw190's becoming an ace in one day.

Based Honington 1945 – 5 February 1945

Transferred to 385FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Honington 5 February 1945 – 21 July 1945

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31, UK 21 May 1945

Promoted to Major.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) (2) England, UK 21 July 1945
Buried Camarillo, CA, USA June 2009

Conejo Mountain Memorial Park
Camarillo
Ventura County
California, USA.

Died Ventura County, CA, USA 10 June 2009

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2016 13:49:45 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Fighter Aces of the U. S. A. and Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2016 10:27:58 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography and awards
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Bankey&Submit=Search
https://www.fold3.com/page/84138027_ernest_e%20bankey%20jr/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Bankey&GSfn=Ernest...

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2016 10:02:52 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Bankey&Submit=Search
https://www.fold3.com/page/84138027_ernest_e%20bankey%20jr/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Bankey&GSfn=Ernest...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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