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486th Fighter Squadron

Squadron

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  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

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Missions

Stations

Station Location Date
Based Bodney

Connections

People

  • 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...

  • Robert Babbitt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed near Neerpelt in P-47 42-22516. Shot down by Jhj Obfw Hans Grunberg in Bf 109G-5 of JG 3/5 at Goirle, Netherlands 30-Nov-43. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1444. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Thomas Barket

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 5ERS, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 5ERS, 8AF USAAF. Killed following mid-air collision with B-24 42-50359 'TARFU' from Seething 13-Mar-45. Awards: PH.

  • Earl Bond

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. At the start of a mission, two fighters in formation ahead of Lt Bond collided in overcast conditions and crashed. It is probable the midair collision sent debris towards Lt Bond's plane, causing it to crash near...

  • Ernest Bostrom

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 352nd Fighter Group
    Flight leader 486th FS 352nd FG March 1944 - May 1945 5.0 air kills P-51D s/n 44-13929 PZ+O "Little Margie"

  • Warren Brashear

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Entered Army Air Corps in 1942, trained initially at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Soloed at Sparton School of Aeronautics, Tulsa, OK. Basic flight training ended OK. Served in England, France and Germany assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. One of first...

  • Robert Brown

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group

  • Robert Brown

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed near Neerpelt on 30-Nov-43 in P-47 42-8411 (not sure what happened MACR did not say). Awards: PH.

  • Jesse Bullock

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Mechanic | 352nd Fighter Group
    Retired from USAF M/Sergeant as Electronics Shop supervisor & taught Moroccan AF personnel on electronics F-5 fighter-24 months ETO w/Silver star, Bronze w/2 clusters; National Defense, PUC, Good Conduct,Moroccan AF medal

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Aircraft

  • 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...

  • 42-106480

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-106483

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-106609

    P-51 Mustang

  • 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.

  • 42-106857

    P-51 Mustang

  • 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.

  • 42-22548 'Gigs Up'

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-8411

    P-47 Thunderbolt

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Citations

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Revisions

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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