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Ira E Grounds


Participated in Operation FRANTIC II, the Russia Shuttle mission but after departure from Italy had to return to base because of mechanical issues. On 30 August 1944 he was designated Assistant Squadron Operations and Gunnery Officer.


Units served with

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...


  • 43-6633 'Little Mac'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to Lt Robert F Nelson 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Re-Assigned to Lt Thomas K McDill 24-May-44. On an escort mission 15 miles NW of Stuttgart, shot down by Luftwaffe Leutnant Franz Koplik who was flying an Bf109G-6. POW - (Stalag Luft III, Sagan)...

  • 42-103786

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-106666

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Nicholas F Hurley. Transferred to 317FS, 325FG, 15AF USAAF.

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...


Event Location Date
Born Talpa, TX, USA 22 February 1922
Based Debden 17 April 1944 – 10 November 1944

4th Fighter Group

Died Montgomery, AL, USA 9 October 1957


Date Contributor Update
03 November 2016 22:28:05 WD-C Mustang Changes to nickname, highest rank, biography, awards, events, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:27 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list /