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554th Fighter Training Squadron

Squadron

Structure

Part of
  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Goxhill

Connections

People

  • Nathaniel Blanton

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 24th PG in Philippines evacuated to Australia. Went to Java with the 17th PS and then 7th FS 49thFG in Australia and New Guinea completed tour and was credited with downing 4 Japanese Zeros. ...

  • Jarrette Bowen

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 384FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter bomber mission to Verdun, France. Hit by flak, strafing a train and factories, shut down one flaming engine, 2nd engine then caught fire, baled out very low, chute partly deployed. A/C...

  • Irwin Fernandes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Zoven in P-51 44-13713 AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster, DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster 2 FW190, 1 Do217, 1/2 JU52

  • Albert Fogg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Crash landed near Harrington, Northamptonshire after losing the second engine on the return from an escort mission after losing the first engine on 4 Mar 1944 in P-38J 42-67736. RTD. ...

  • Earl Fryer

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 496th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 544FS, 478FG USAAF. Transferred to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Merseburg in P-51D 'Spunktown' 44-13804, hit by flak in coolant system, strafing a train between Osnabrook and Hannover, heading for base with a...

  • Karl Goethel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 496th Fighter Training Group
    On 11 Jun 44 crashed near Estrees in P-38 43-28388 and Evaded. In Sept. of same year killed in a high speed dive but not during combat.

  • Orville Goodman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group

  • Vernie Greenamyre

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 496th Fighter Training Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Amiens on 16 Jun 44 in P-38 43-28423.

  • Arthur Heiden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 20th Fighter Group

  • Howard Hendricks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    AM w/ 6 Oak Leaf Cluster, DFC 2 Ju88

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Aircraft

  • 42-67297

    P-38 Lightning

  • 43-6838

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 43-6705

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 335FS, 4FG 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 43-6876 'Penny'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred War Weary to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF as a hack A/C.

  • 43-6800

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 43-6507 'Judy' 'Jersey Bounce II'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred war weary to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-67418

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. A/C abandoned River Humber Nr Sunk Island 28-Apr-44. Cat 5 damage. Pilot 1st Lt Earl R Fryer baled out, OK.

  • 42-67490

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred War Weary to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-67277 'Mountain Ayers'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Jerry H Ayers. Transferred to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Written Off Cat 5 damage, Landing Accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Pilot Lt Alexander F Cilli 554FTS, 496FTG, 5-Aug-44.

  • 43-12460 'Bottleneck'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 436FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred war weary to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

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Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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