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.
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.
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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...
||9 August 1918
||16 April 2009
||Maxie Cemetery, Lafayette, Louisiana
Maxie Cemetery, Maxie Louisiana