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Herbert E Fritts

Military

Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod mission, failed to pull out of strafing run on train in P-51B 42-106874, crashed near Hambergen. 2nd Lt Fritts Killed in Action (KIA). 24-May-44. MACR 5402.

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. ...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 354th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-106874

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod mission, failed to pull out of strafing run on train in P-51B 42-106874, crashed near Hambergen. Pilot 2nd Lt Herbert Fritts Killed in Action (KIA). 24-May-44. MACR 5402.

Associated Place

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born District of Columbia, USA 29 August 1922

Son of John Harvey and Frances May [Barrett] Fritts.

Lived in Washington, DC, USA 1940
Assigned Bodney, Thetford, Norfolk IP26, UK 1944 – 24 May 1944

Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 27729 Hambergen, Germany 24 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod mission, failed to pull out of strafing run on train in P-51B 42-106874, crashed near Hambergen. 2nd Lt Fritts Killed in Action (KIA). 24-May-44. MACR 5402.

Buried 6269 Margraten, Netherlands 1945

Margraten-Aachen, Holland.

Buried 12 October 1948

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2016 15:56:15 Al_Skiff Changes to place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=fritts
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Fritts&Submit7=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28652777
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=fritts&GSfn=herber...

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2016 12:59:02 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=fritts
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Fritts&Submit7=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28652777
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=fritts&GSfn=herber...

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2016 12:56:07 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=fritts
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Fritts&Submit7=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28652777
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=fritts&GSfn=herber...

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2016 12:52:13 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=fritts
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Fritts&Submit7=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28652777
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=fritts&GSfn=herber...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5402 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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