Pilots of the 350th Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group, pose in front of a Republic P-47 at an airbase In England in Spring 1944.
Rear row - Earl C. Main, Joseph C. McDonald, Charles O.Durant, John F. Starr, Arthur C. Bergeron, Lt Bayard C. Auchincloss, Joseph B. Brooks, Chauncy Rowan, William W. Hargus, John H. Winder, James E. Murray, Harold P. Paslay.
Middle row - Gerald P. Devine, Abel H. Garey, Robert E. Fortier, Charles W. Dinse, Major William J. Price, Joseph F. Furness, Lt Goffred F. Moretto, Capt Wayne K. Blickenstaff, Robert S. Hart, John A. Sullivan.
Front row - Major Dewey E. Newhart, unknown mascot, Maj. Stanley R. Pidduck,
NARA Ref 342-FH-3A47828-69067AC.
2Lt Gerald P. Devine of the 350th Ftr Sq, 353rd FG with his P-51D serial 44-14673 (coded LH-I). Officially credited with one confirmed aerial victory. At the end of his tour this aircraft was assigned to another pilot and nicknamed 'Galloping Ghost.'
Flew with Canadian Royal Air Force, then joined American Army Air Force in 1944 was in 353rd FG/350th FS/then transferred to Pacific theater after completing duty in Europe. Went into the Army Helicopter Service and served 2 tours in the Vietnam War. Taught flying at Ft. Rucker AL. Flew 90 missions in the ETO, 9 missions in the Pacific. He was the first American ace who had 5 airplanes shot out from under him before he got 5 enemy aircraft.
Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster/DFC w 1/Oak Leaf Cluster/Army Service Ribbon/Overseas Service Ribbon/WW II Voctory Medal/Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/Palm/ Silver Star/ Master ArmyAviator Badge/Army Commendation Medal/Soldiers Medal/Meritorious Service Medal
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | 353rd Fighter Group
Born on the 31st July 1914, Stanley R. Pidduck, Jr. was the son of Stanley Roberts Pidduck and Elizabeth Mary Gill. He served in the U. S. Army Air Corp during World War II, spending 19 months in Europe as a P-47 and P-51 pilot, reaching the rank of Lt...
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The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...
Assigned 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.
Assigned to 353rd Fighter Group and used as the personal aircraft of Lt John A Sullivan
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