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505th Fighter Squadron

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  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

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    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

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Station Location Date
Based Fowlmere 5 April 1944 – 10 October 1945
Fowlmere Village

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  • Michael Alba

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Born in Pasadena, California, Michael Alba grew up in Simi Valley where his family worked in the orchards. He was a 1937 teammate of future baseball star Jackie Robinson at the Pasadena City College, practicing on Catalina Island with the Cubs team....

  • Johnnie Allman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Collided in midair with P-51B 43-6439 and crashed at Grange Farm at Black Peek, Cheshire, England 12-Feb-45. 2nd Lt Allman killed in training accident (KITA), aircraft destroyed. Awards: PH.

  • Roy Ammerman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    completed tour of duty Oct. 14, 1944, hometown hometown Brooklyn, NY

  • Stephen Ananian

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. 64 combat missions, credited with destroying one Me 262 jet fighter and damaging two others in aerial combat, as well as three aircraft on the ground while strafing enemy airfields. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD...

  • Walter Armistead

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Chatres, A/C P-51B 42-106720 suffered engine troubles, A/C abandoned and crashed near Châteaudun on 17-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5945. ...

  • James Baker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Detached Service (DS) with 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron. Returned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Berlin. Engine failure in P-51D 44-13370 led to bale out near Steinhuder Lake,...

  • Edwin Ball

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Bauvais in P-51 42-106937 whilst strafing a train hit by flak in coolant system and abandoned A/C. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 7438. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Leo Becker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed tour of duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Beecher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF 12-Feb-45 and was killed in action just seven days later on 20-Feb-45. Flying P-51B 42-106936 6N-X 'Tar Heel' he crashed near Valenciennes, France possibly as a result of vertigo. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Oscar Biggs

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Date Contributor Update
26 February 2015 16:30:27 rossingtonj Changes to type, aircraft types and stations
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339 bomb group page

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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