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Frank M Fink

Military

1st Lt. Frank M. Fink was a talented caricature artist. Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, transferred to 335th FS 4th FG 8AF USAAF 14-10-42.

On 9 September 1943 he baled out of his P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6328 4FG/334FS near Paris, due to engine failure, and subsequently became a POW.
Held at Stalag 7A, Moosburg, Bavaria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 1-Jun-45.
Killed during a night training flight when AT-6 crashed 3 miles north of Newburg, Pennsylvania. 18-6-46.

Service

People

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...

Aircraft

  • 41-6328

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47C-5-RE was assigned to 4FG/335FS at Debden, UK. On 9-Sep-43 while being flown by 1LT Frank M. Fink it developed engine trouble near Paris on a mission to escort bombers to that target. The aircraft was abandoned by 1LT Fink and he was captured as a...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-128 BOMBER ESCORT

    9 September 1943
    215 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; 352FG; and 353FG are despatched is support of OPERATION STARKEY to escort the 330 bombers participating in VIII Bomber Command mission 94. This si the first combat operation for 352FG as they fly a patrol over the...

Associated Place

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Joined RCAF Canada 1940

Joined Royal Canadian Air Force.

Service pilot training Tulsa, OK, USA 1940

Service pilot training in US.

Shipped overseas Merseyside, UK 1940

Shipped overseas to ETO.

Operational training Great Britain, United Kingdom 1941

Operational training at OTU. Conversion to Hurricane and Spitfires.

Assigned Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 1941

Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 14 October 1942

Transferred to 335th FS 4th FG 8AF USAAF 14-10-42.

Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Germany 9 September 1943 – 1 June 1945

Held at Stalag 7A, Moosburg, Bavaria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 1-Jun-45.

Baled out Engine Failure Paris, France 9 September 1943

Baled out of his P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6328 near Paris, due to engine failure.

Died Newburg, PA, USA 18 June 1946

Killed during a night training flight when AT-6 crashed 3 miles north of Newburg, Pennsylvania.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2016 10:47:32 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 13:32:04 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3543
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_fi...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Fink%2C+Frank+M&S...

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2016 13:25:02 finkbr80 Changes to nickname
Sources

Frank Fink would be my great Uncle, he was my grandfathers brother.

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2015 12:11:15 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank
Sources

http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3543
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_fi...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Fink%2C+Frank+M&S...

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2015 11:54:05 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3543
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_fi...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Fink%2C+Frank+M&S...

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2015 21:20:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-Jun-2015. Added decoration and POW location per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; made connection to Aircraft and Mission wihtin existing website data. Added model number and unit to Summary Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2015 20:31:53 apollo11 Changes to highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank E. Speer.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey pp. 278-9 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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