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397th Fighter Squadron

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  • 368th Fighter Group

    368th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 368th Fighter Group flew P-47s in combat from England from March 1944. In the days after D-Day the Group supported Allied ground troops fighting in the Cherbourg penisula and then around St. Lo. The Group received a DUC for flying seven missions in...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Chilbolton

Connections

People

  • George Bauer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 397FS, 386FG, 9AF USAAF. 2 x confirmed kills. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recon, crashed into a hill while strafing motor transport vehicle near Densberg, Germany. MACR 13622. Awards: DFC, PH.

  • Robert Bechtold

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 368th Fighter Group
    Forced to bail out on a mission on 14 June 1944. Either Returned to Duty (RTD) or became a Prisoner of War (POW). MACR not clear on this point. ...

  • Eugene Potter

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 368th Fighter Group
    Eugene Potter began training in the Canadian air force in the winter of 1940-41. Joined the RAF and was assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, but was not among the officers transferred to the USAAF on 29-9-42. ...

  • Carlos Talbott

    Military | Lieutenant General | 368th Fighter Group
    Distinguished Service Cross Citation: ...

Aircraft

  • 42-25881

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Republic P-47D Thunderbolt 42-25881, assigned to the 397th FS, 368th FG, 9th AF, 9-3-44. Whilst on dive bombing mission, collided with a Fw190 near Campeau that had emerged from the overcast directly in front of him. 7-7-44 A/C crashed near Campeau,...

  • 44-20128

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 44-33205

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 397FS, 386FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recon, crashed into a hill while strafing motor transport vehicle near Densberg, Germany. Pilot 1Lt George L Bauer Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13622.

  • 41-6191

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    One-time aircraft of [then] Lt Henry L "Hank" Mills. Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF. Transferred to 397FS 368FG 9AF.

  • 43-25570 'Kwit-Cher-Bitchin'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D Thunderbolt 43-25570 D3-H 'Kwit-Cher-Bitchin' 397th FS, 368th FG, 9th AF. Pilot Randall W Hendricks.

  • 42-76317

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-74714 'Gremlin Express'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 360FS 356FG 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 397FS, 368FG, 9AF USAAF. Abandoned off French coast 27-Jun-44 Pilot Lt Joe R Burney.

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Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 15:47:13 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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