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Francis L Eshelman

Military

Francis Eshelman served as a fighter pilot with the 355th Fighter Group. He crashed near Melun, France on 12 August 1944 in P-51 43-6626 and managed to evade capture.

Service

People

  • Leonard Fuller

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Leonard Fuller served as a pilot with the 355th Fighter Group. He was Killed in Action (KIA) on 7 July 1944 when his P-51 (serial number 44-13526) was hit by flak near Naumburg, Germany.

  • Thomas Robinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Crew Chief | 355th Fighter Group

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Units served with

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 357th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Colorado, USA 1923
Enlisted Tucson, AZ, USA 6 July 1942
Evaded 77000 Melun, France 12 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2016 19:40:26 daba82 Changes to media associations
Sources

Source: James Eshelman

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2016 19:26:03 daba82 Changes to media associations
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Source: James Eshelman

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2016 16:08:58 daba82 Changes to media associations
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James Eshelman

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2016 01:53:30 daba82 Changes to media associations
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Source: James Eshelman

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2016 01:52:39 daba82 Changes to media associations
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Source: James Eshelman

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2016 12:27:50 Lucy May Changes to service number, role, biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

NARA Enlistment record: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=929&mtch=1&cat=all&tf=...

Associated him to P-51 42-106762 using Little Friends as source: http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=eshelman&Submit=S...

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2016 19:56:08 daba82 Changes to media associations
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Source: James Eshelman

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2016 19:47:40 daba82 Changes to media associations
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Donna Bonning

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2016 19:39:41 daba82 Changes to media associations
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Source: James Eshelman ( photo restored by Keith Ellefson )

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2016 17:39:27 daba82 Changes to media associations
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Source: Donna Bonning/Wayne Fuller

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2016 17:37:56 daba82 Changes to media associations
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Source: James Eshelman (photo restoration by Keith Ellefson)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

1996 355TH FG Assoc. Directory/MACR7608 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7608 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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