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Harry James Dayhuff


Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to VIII fighter Command. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 108 x missions.

Awards: SS, DFC (OLC), AM (6OLC), Croix de Guerre, WWII Victory, EAME.

Silver Star Citation;
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel Harry J. Dayhuff (ASN: 0-404135), United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action while serving with the EIGHTH Air Force, while leading a Fighter Group as escort for Flying Fortresses on a bombing mission over Germany, 27 September 1943. This was one of the longest and most hazardous bomber escort missions yet accomplished in this theater and the success with which it was completed was largely due to the gallant leadership and aggressiveness of Colonel Dayhuff. Though out-numbered by the enemy fighters attacking the formation, his Group zealously sought out and destroyed nine enemy planes, while successfully defending the bombers. Maximum protection was afforded the formation, without the loss of a single fighter aircraft. The gallantry, skill and aggressive leadership displayed by Colonel Dayhuff on this occasion reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States."


Units served with


Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Ogden, UT 13 September 1918

Son of Huston and Eva Mae [McReynolds] Dayhuff.

Based Duxford 11 May 1942 – 8 August 1943

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Duxford 8 August 1943 – 14 July 1944

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based 14 July 1944 – 7 December 1944

Transferred to VIII fighter Command.

Based Debden 7 December 1944 – 21 February 1945

Became Group Commander of the 4th Fighter Group base at Debden 7-Dec-44, until 21-Feb-45.

Died Ogden, UT 7 January 2006
Buried Washington Heights Memorial Park, Ogden, UT 13 January 2006

Washington Heights Memorial Park
Ogden, Weber County, UT


Date Contributor Update
16 December 2018 13:55:07 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2018 14:35:28 general ira snapsorter Changes to role and biography

"The Mighty Eighth", Roger Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2015 21:05:32 apollo11 Changes to highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:23 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list