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George G Contos

Military

Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 67FW, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 67th Fighter Wing
  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 486th Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters (67th Fighter Wing)

Aircraft

  • 44-15701 'Lillian' 'Delivery Boy' 'The Millie G'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt George G Contos. Re-assigned to Lt John D Stearns. Transferred to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Edward B Giller. Engine seized, A/C abandoned near Bruges, pilot Frank E...

Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • Walcot Hall

    Military site : non-airfield
    Bought by the Dearden family in 1891, during the Second World War the Hall was used as an RAF operations room remote from conjoined RAF Wittering and RAF Collyweston. From December 1943 the 67th Fighter Wing took over, using the Hall as a command and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ohio, USA 12 March 1923
Lived in Louisville, OH 44641, USA 1941
Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26 5BX, UK 20 November 1941

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Based Bodney 5 December 1943 – 6 February 1945

Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Bodney, Thetford IP26 5BX, UK 21 November 1944

Ground Loop Bodney/Sta 141 Cat 3 damage 2Lt George G Contos, 21-Nov-44.

P-51C 42-103283 - 486FS 352FG AF

Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26 5BX, UK 4 February 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Based Walcot Hall 6 February 1945 – May 1945

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 67FW, 8AF USAAF.

Died North Canton, OH, USA 21 October 2002

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2018 16:43:23 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/34883410-george-g-contos
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=contos%2C+george&...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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