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Bottisham

Military site : airfield

The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long runway with pierced-steel planking in just three days. Accommodation on base was always tight and many of the temporary buildings put up to house the crews were in and around the village of Bottisham. As in many other cases, when the Americans came they seemed to take over the village as well as the airfield.

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  • Robert Adams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep to Carlsruhe Koblenz hit by flak and crashed near Heppenheim in P-51D 'Pat' 44-14678 25-Jan-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11917.

  • Jesse Adkins

    Military | Captain | Fighetr Pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 374FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

  • Estel Alcorn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 496FTG 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

  • Ethelbert Amason

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 374FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed near Rijssen, Holland after combat with an Bf109 on a bomber escort mission to Ijmuiden in P-47D 42-75567. Killed in Action (KIA). 30-Jan-44. MACR 2133.

  • Richard Anderson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. End of War. Awards: WWII Victory, EMAE.

  • Sherman Armsby

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 5.5 destroyed, 2 damaged. Destroyed 3 x Bf109's on a single mission dated 20-Jul-44. Brought down strafing rail carriages, ammunition carriage exploded as he flew over...

  • Tobin Armstrong

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 361FG. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Clyde Arrants

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 374FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Berlin, last seen circling airfield 5 miles south of Schleswig with element leader. Shot down by flak, crashed Viöl, Germany in P-51D 44-13949. Pilot 2nd Lt Clyde Arrants...

  • Glenn Aschbrenner

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 374FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD). ...

  • Herman Auth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Suspended from Flying Duty. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Aircraft

  • 42-106787 'Lou III'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) crashed near Tournai 12-Aug-44 - Lt Merle C Rainey POW MACR 7618.

  • 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....

  • 42-106871

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 374FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Bordeaux, France 19-Jun-44 - Lt Walter H Sargent Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5957.

  • 42-106942 'Bobbie E' 'Jeanne'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 374FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Amiens low level down a railtrack hit in coolant system crashed Rosieres en sur A/D 12-Aug-44 Lt Clarence E Zieske Killed in...

  • 42-106944 'Flying Jeanie III' 'Mary Jane'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) area support to Wessel bounced by Me109's and shot down 17-Sep-44. Lt Woodrow W Glover KIA MACR 9011.

  • 42-26109

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Gottbus, Germany. Hit by flak whilst strafing aerodrome and crashed near Quackenbruck, Germany. Pilot 1st Lt Arthur C Bergeron Killed...

  • 42-75567

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 374FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed near Rijssen, Holland after combat with an Bf109 on a bomber escort mission to Ijmuiden in P-47D 42-75567. Killed in Action (KIA). 30-Jan-44. MACR 2133.

  • 43-24761 'Jacqueline'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Brought down strafing rail carriages, ammunition carriage exploded as he flew over it near Thionville 26-Aug-44. Pilot 1st Lt Sherman Armsby Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8538.

  • 44-13340

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 374FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission hit by flak strafing a train, baled out when engine failed. 1st Lt Richard E Chandler Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 12674.

  • 44-13410 "LOU IV / ATHELENE"

    P-51 Mustang
    one of the plane of the famous photograph serie "The Bottisham Four" - 26/27 july 1944

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Revisions

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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