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434th Fighter Squadron

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  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Wattisham

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People

  • John Atwater

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter Pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. End of War (EOW). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Post War: Celebrated FBI agent who later became Police Chief of the Village of North Palm Beach.

  • David Born

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. End of War (EOW). Awards: AM (8 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Bouchier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by “friendly” fire on 25-Dec-44 whilst flying P-51D 44-15376 in the same action where Major George Preddy was killed. Bouchier was luckier in that he was able to bail out and return to his unit (RTD). End...

  • Clifford Bowers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 3.5 destroyed. End of War (EOW). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kermit Brickson

    Military | Corporal | Clerk | 479th Fighter Group
    Operation Clerk Unit Citation

  • Robert Bromschwig

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. End of War (EOW). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Bronaugh

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. End of War (EOW). Award: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Philip Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    Philip Brown served as a fighter pilot with the 434th Fighter Squadron of the 479th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force.

  • Keith Canella

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Graduate of Westpoint. Crashed near Beautor, France hit by flak in P-38J 43-28731 whilst dive bombing bridge on 22-Jun-44. MACR 6108. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Richard Creighton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 2 x kills. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, AM (9OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Retired as a Captain from the Barberton, Ohio, Fire Department in 1962.

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Aircraft

  • 42-104258

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-104425

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-104427

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-67264

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-67296

    P-38 Lightning
    Philip Manning's P-38 Serial 42-67296 was hit by Flak and was seen to dive towards the city of Nancy where it crashed in the Rue Provençal, in the Bonsecours neighborhood. Manning was killed instantly and a woman who had been wounded in the crash died...

  • 42-67732

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-67865

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-68029

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-68147 Little Edris

    P-38 Lightning
    Piloted by 2nd Lt Flamm Dee Harper on the fighter-bomber mission of 15 July 1944. Damaged by exploding ammunition dump debris while strafing at very low altitude; right motor on fire; cockpit damaged; left motor vibrating; very little power. Lt Harper...

  • 43-28341 'Peoria Pulverizer' 'Texas Longhorn' 'Scat III'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep Melun - Dijon 10-Aug-44 Crashed into Epernay Forest Lt James E Fleming Jr KIA MACR 7622

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:24:06 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / 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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