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428th Fighter Squadron

Squadron

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Stations

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  • Lewis Blakeney

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1056 Twin Engine | 474th Fighter Group
    WWII SWP 44th FS 18th FG P-38 Lightning 72 missions ...

  • Rexford Dettre

    Military | Major General | Fighter Pilot-1056 Twin Engine | 20th Fighter Group
    CA National Guard 1935-38 ...

  • Charles Heckel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 1056 Twin Engine Fighter Pilot | 474th Fighter Group
    Col Heckel always knew he was going to fly. After enlisting at age 18, he was sent to 9thAF in France, Sept 1944. Flying P-38's for the 474thFG for about 6 weeks, he had a mid-air collision with another P-38 after downing a BF 109 during a very large...

  • Adrian Knox

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 474th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 428FS, 474FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing/strafing mission to Liege vectored onto parked up tank column in St Vith and hit by 88mm flak burst which took out the port engine, successfully feathered, starboard engine noted...

  • Donald Koch

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | P-38 Fighter Pilot | 474th Fighter Group
    Lt. Don Koch (428th FS) was shot down flying P-38 42-67669 on 25 Aug 44 after dog-fighting with Bf109Gs of III./JG76. Lt. Koch was captured, taken POW, and sent to Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany.

  • Ray Packard

    Civilian | Pilot | 474th Fighter Group
    2Lt. Ray Delbert Packard was the youngest child of Ralph Delbert "Ray" Packard and his wife Inez Vivian Allard Packard. He was born in South Dakota (possibly McCook County) in 1924. Ray joined the army from southern California and, after completing...

  • Bobbie Rankin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 474th Fighter Group
    Pilot P-38. Assigned to 428th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group, 9th AF. On Strafing run at La Roche, Belgium, hit by flak as A/C leveled off, bursting into flames. A/C climbed 2-300ft before diving into ground and exploding on impact. KIA. MACR...

  • Leland Smith

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 474th Fighter Group

Aircraft

  • 42-67192

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-67526

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-67653

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-68081

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 428FS, 474FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing/strafing mission to Liege vectored onto parked up tank column in St Vith and hit by 88mm flak burst which took out the port engine, successfully feathered, starboard engine noted...

  • 43-28745

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 428FS, 474FG, 9AF. Failed to Return (FTR) Charleroi, Belgium 1-Mar-45. Lt Ralph N Ramsey KIA. MACR 12804.

  • 43-28823

    P-38 Lightning
    On Strafing run at La Roche, Belgium, hit by flak as A/C leveled off, bursting into flames. A/C climbed 2-300ft before diving into ground and exploding on impact. Pilot 1st Lt Bobbie R Rankin KIA. MACR 11900.

  • 42-68146 'My Lightning Baby'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 428FS, 474FG, 9AF USAAF. Destroyed in fatal crash 3 miles NE Charleroi pilot Lt Cleo O Beaty Killed in Action (KIA) 6-Feb-45. ...

  • 42-68043 'Connie & Butch Inc.' 'Aboob'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal A/C of Lt Col George F Ceuleers. Re-assigned to Lt Lee S Ayoub. Transferred to 428FS, 474FG 9AF. Written off 11-May-45 after crash landing Bad Langensalza/R-2, Germany.

  • 42-67669

    P-38 Lightning
    Aircraft originally assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group, coded as MC-K. It's regular pilot was F/O Markrel Byrd. Aircraft later transferred to 428th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group when the 20th FG converted to P-51 Mustangs...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 15:55:21 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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