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Leiston

Military site : airfield

Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied aircraft who were just grateful to make landfall in Britain. The 358th Fighter Group were replaced by the 357th Fighter Group early in 1944, flying P-51 Mustangs rather than P-47 Thunderbolts. These Mustangs were able to fly greater distances in escorting bombers to eastern German targets like sites in Berlin and Leipzig.

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  • Alan Abner

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Fifty missions under his belt, including one where he was shot down into the English Channel and rescued. ...

  • Fletcher Adams

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Nine confirmed kills. Failed to Return (FTR) from bomber escort mission to Bernburg, section bounced out of the sun by four Bf109's. Shot down near Celle in P-51B 43-12468. Baled out safely only to become the 1st...

  • Thomas Adams

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. 4.5 air victories and 1 ground victory credited. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

  • Merle Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 Victory and 2 shared. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, AM (6 OLC), WWII Victory.

  • Bryant Anderson

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD). 2nd tour with 6th Fighter Wing. Awards: WWII Victory. Post War: Remained in USAF serving in Korea and Vietnam, retiring as Colonel.

  • Clarence Anderson

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Clarence "Bud" Anderson enlisted shortly after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. He earned his pilots wing in September 1942 and joined the 357th Fighter Group a year later. In late 1943, Anderson and the 357th arrived in Europe, where they quickly...

  • Clifford Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 victory on 18-Aug-44. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD).

  • Richard Anderson

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Training (KIT) whilst flying P-51B 43-6987 in crash at Horham 13-Jan-45. Awards: PH.

  • Harry Ankeny

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. 70+ missions, credited with 1.5 air to air victory and 2 ground victories. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD).

  • Roy Anthony

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Baled out from P-51D 44-14356 over English Channel 26-Feb-45. Rescued by Air Sea Recue. RTD. ...

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Aircraft

  • 42-106854 ''Peabody's Pet''

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Walter Baron. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Rechlin, Gemany. Aborted near Rostock with engine running roughly and made for Sweden. Interned in Sweden....

  • 42-106884

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Soissons, last seen avoiding return fire from aerodrome he was strafing. Pilot 1st Lt Joseph G Sullivan evaded capture with assistance from the French till liberated. 24-May...

  • 42-29726 'The Dallas Rebel' 'Poisonality'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; Walker 23/2/43; Smoky Hill 25/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 20/4/43 THE DALLAS REBEL; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 509BS/351BG [RQ-Q] Polebrook 11/7/43; battle damaged...

  • 42-29824

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/43; Gore 9/3/43; Memphis 27/3/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-B] Thurleigh 24/4/43; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-G] Kimbolton 3/10/43; battle damaged Bremen 29/11/43 crash landed Leiston; 2 SAD Lt Staughton 1/12/43;...

  • 42-29874 El Conquistador

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/3/43; Pueblo 14/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-J] Polebrook 16/4/43; battle damaged Bochum 8m 12/8/43 with Jose Garcia, Co-pilot: Groth, Navigator: B. Scholan, Bombardier: Sheets; Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-29891 'Dangerous Dan'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-N] Kimbolton 22/4/43; returned Osnabruck 22/12/43 with Ken Davis, Co-pilot: Chas Fowler, Navigator: Paul Clark, Bombardier: Stan Dolgin, Flight...

  • 42-30005

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/4/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 2/5/43; Syracuse 22/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; McCook 31/5/43; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-A] Grafton Underwood 13/6/43; battle damaged Solingen 1/12/43 with ? , crew ? (10RTD?); overshot runway, crash...

  • 42-97381

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/44; Kearney 17/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-U] Polebrook 12/4/44; {66m} battle damaged Brandenberg 6/8/44 with Chas Woodrum, aro-Raoul Brickman, Radio Operator: Bernard Levins, Ball turret gunner: Andy Bevin,...

  • 43-12315 'Old Crow'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR). Crashed Sth of Spezat on the return from a bomber escort mission to Berlin on 22-Mar-44. Pilot Lt Carter Jones. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3401.

  • 43-12468 'The Southern Belle'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from bomber escort mission to Bernburg, section bounced out of the sun by four Bf109's. Shot down near Celle. Pilot Capt Fletcher E Adams baled out safely only to become the 1st American to be...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2016 12:41:25 Al_Skiff Changes to usaaf from date, usaaf to date and aircraft associations
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AAM Db Correction.

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2016 11:54:06 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations and media associations
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AAM Db Correction.

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2016 10:33:49 Al_Skiff Changes to name, latitude, longitude and person associations
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AAM Db correction.

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2016 22:13:49 Al_Skiff Changes to name, latitude, longitude and person associations
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Correction to AAM Db.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)

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