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Fred Boswell


As Fred Boswell told it to the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force:
"Was a Sergeant clerk in original cadre of the 8th Air Force stationed with 6th Pursuit Wing in Charleston. Left for England on HMS Andes from Boston Harbor in April 1942."

"April 1943 accepted for RAF Flying Control School. Commissioned Second Lieutenant on 8 Jul 43. Assigned to 78 Fighter Group as Flying Control Officer in December 1943. Was transferred as Senior Flying Control Officer with 361st Fighter Group at Bottisham. Moved to Little Walden right after D-Day and had real concrete runways instead of grass and pierced steel planking."

"Around Christmas '44 outfit moved to St. Dizier, France and in January on to Chievres. After the Bulge moved back to England and when the war in Europe was over, we got Alert Orders to go to the Pacific. The Atomic Bomb ended that war and the unit was 'de-mobbed'."

"In the Fall of 45 was sent back to Duxford and Spring of 46 to Burtonwood and then home for good in June 46 (48 months of overseas service). While enlisted tried to be an aerial gunner, but couldn't transfer out of Fighter Command to Bomber Command. The first year or more of commissioned service was not allowed to fly combat missions due to shortage of trained Flying Control Officers."


Units served with

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

Associated Place

  • Bottisham

    Military site : airfield
    The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...

  • Burtonwood

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1939-40, the RAF's No. 37 Maintenance Unit used the base from 1940 to 1942, before it became a joint Anglo-American maintenance and servicing airfield - a Base Air Depot. After the war it continued to be used as a maintenance and...

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Little Walden

    Military site : airfield
    Little Walden was built as a Class A airfield suitable for American heavy bombers. The 409th Bomb Group, as part of the Ninth Air Force, was stationed at the base between March and September 1944, flying A-20 Havocs. ...


Event Location Date
Born Oklahoma 26 November 1922


Date Contributor Update
07 November 2014 16:05:06 Lucy May Changes to biography and place associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:15 AAM AAM ingest

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