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Alvin Dewey Callender

Military

Alvin D. Callender flew the Spitfire Supermarine Mk Vbs in North Africa and Sicliy, as part of the 12th Air Force, 31st Pursuit Group, 308th Pursuit Squadron. After completing 127 missions he rotated back to the US and spent 18 months as a P-51 flight instructor in St. Petersburg, FL. His next combat assignment sent him to India for a secret mission that never materialized. From there he was then sent to Kungming in western China, to join the 14thAF, 312th FW, 311 FG, 529th FS. While in China he flew an additional 53 missions in P-51s, as CO of the 529th, for a total of 180 missions. He is officially credited with 4 kills but lost a coin toss to Capt. Frank Hill (personal story) while in N. Africa for a shared kill so we give him credit for 4 1/2.
Medals
DFC w/2 Oak Leaf clusters, Air Medal w/16 Oak Leaf Clusters, Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, EAME Campaign Medal, American Theater Campaign Medal, Chinese Cloud & Banner.

Service

Units served with

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 308th Fighter Squadron

Events

Event Location Date
Born Vicksburg, Mississippi 9 August 1918
Died 16 April 2009
Buried Maxie Cemetery, Lafayette, Louisiana

Maxie Cemetery, Maxie Louisiana

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2018 21:26:19 callender3132 Changes to media associations
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This picture if from the personal records of the Callenders

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2018 18:37:58 callender3132 Changes to biography
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Family history and military records.

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2018 18:36:44 callender3132 Changes to biography
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Family history and military records.

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2018 18:27:16 callender3132 Changes to biography
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Family history and military records.

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2018 18:26:01 callender3132 Changes to biography and events
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family records

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2018 17:47:01 callender3132 Changes to biography
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from family records

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2018 17:41:38 callender3132 Changes to awards
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From personal military records.

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 01:00:09 callender3132 Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank and unit associations
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Major Callender flew 127 missions in Spitfires with the 31st fighter group before finishing his tour before the 31st moved from Sicily to Italy. He returned to the US and was assigned to the 3rd Fighter Command at Pinellas AFB in Florida where he was a P-51 RTU instructor and Flight Commander. His second deployment was in October 1944 in western China in the 529th Fighter Squadron, 311th Fighter Group, 14th Air Force. He was promoted to Operations Officer, then Squadron Commander, of the 529th, and served there for the remainder of the war.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Daily Iberian, New Iberia, LA / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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