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Bodney

Military site : airfield

Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also had to be quickly built to accommodate up to 1,500 American personnel. The 352nd flew P-47s Thunderbolts until March 1944 when they converted to P-51 Mustangs. There was one fatality at the airfield on D-Day. Taking off in poor visibility, one P-51 Mustang took the wrong heading and crashed into the control tower, killing the pilot. Between December 1944 and April 1945 only a skeleton staff remained at Bodney while most of the Group moved to Belgium to assist in the Battle of the Bulge.

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Service

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People

  • Earl Abbott

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 89FS, 80FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 322FS, 326FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep to Aachen area. Last seen in pursuit of enemy A/C near Aachen in P-51D 'Flossie III' 44-14710 24-Jan...

  • LeRoy Allain

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission, hit by flak strafing targets of opportunity, crashed at Royville in P-51B 42-106460. Baled out. ...

  • Kenneth Allen

    Military | First Sergeant | Administrative NCO 502 | 352nd Fighter Group

  • Fred Allison

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. 118 combat missions flown from mid 1943 to Oct-44. Credited 9 aerial kills. Transferred to 496FTG. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). ...

  • William Alm

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in P-47D 42-22531 352FG/328FS. The aircraft either had mechanical failure or the pilot was suffering from Anoxia and crashed into the English Channel 50 miles east of the Blackwater Estuary, UK. 1 KIA MACR 562.

  • William Altenpohl

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

  • Woodrow Anderson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Woodrow Anderson entered service from Texas and served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group transferring to the 352nd Fighter Group. He Failed to Return (FTR) from a bomber escort to Dessau. Bounced by three Bf109's near Leipzig and shot down in P...

  • Stephen Andrew

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 9 air to air kills. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep to Budapest, pulling clear of the target engine noted to be smoking, after which it quit. Lt Andrew belly landed and then sprinted clear...

  • Jimmie Andrews

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter Pilot | 27th Air Transport Group
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 310th Ferry Squadron, 27th Air Transport Group, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to Base Air Depot 2, 8AF USAAF.

  • George Arnold

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. End Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Post War: Remained in USAF rising to Lt Colonel.

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Aircraft

  • 42-106460 'Jean Louise'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission, hit by flak strafing targets of opportunity, crashed at Royville. Pilot Lt Leroy J Allain Jr baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). 13-Aug-44. MACR 7603.

  • 42-106467

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 77FS 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep to Budapest, pulling clear of the target engine noted to be smoking, after which it quit. Lt Andrew belly landed and then sprinted clear...

  • 42-106613 'Ellie'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost 24-Oct-44 - Lt Thompson R Kyle Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 10116.

  • 42-106635 'Texas Bluebonnet'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from a bomber escort to Dessau. Bounced by three Bf109's near Leipzig and shot down, pilot Lt Woodrow W Anderson Killed in Action (KIA) 28-May-44. MACR 5099.

  • 42-106661 'Hot Stuff'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to HQ Sqn, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 7-Jun-44. Hit by flak near Le Merlerault, France and exploded. Pilot Maj Edward J Gignac Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5556.

  • 42-106872 'Pattie Ann II'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ramrod to Berlin, shot down in melee with Fw190's 12-Sep-44 - Lt Joseph A Broadwater KIA MACR 8659.

  • 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.

  • 42-22516

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed near Neerpelt. Shot down by Jhj Obfw Hans Grunberg in Bf 109G-5 of JG 3/5 at Goirle, Netherlands 30-Nov-43. Pilot Robert E Babbitt KIA. MACR 1444.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2015 15:34:18 usxpat Changes to media associations
Sources

Atkins private collection

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 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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