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79th Fighter Squadron

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  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Kings Cliffe

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People

  • James Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ground Crew | 20th Fighter Group

  • Brooks Allen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. End of war.

  • John Allen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 61st FS, 56th FG on 1 November 1944 and transferred to 79th FS, 20th FG on 28th September 1945.

  • DeLynn Anderson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander | 20th Fighter Group
    Commanding Officer 79th FS 20th FG March 6, 1943 - Sept 27, 1944 ...

  • Earl Anderson

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. End of War. ...

  • Wayne Anderson

    Military | Private First Class | Parachute Technician | 20th Fighter Group

  • William Anderson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 20th Fighter Group
    William Yngve Anderson (June 28, 1921 – May 9, 2011) was a Swedish American fighter ace of World War II with seven official victories in Europe, flying P-51 Mustang fighters in the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF). He was born in Kramfors, Sweden. ...

  • Neal Archer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. On his thrid mission he was attacked and shot down by seven Bf109's on bomber escort mission to Northern France in P-38J 42-67760 14-Jan-44. Crashed near Louviers. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1855.

  • John Armstrong

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x Fw190 destroyed. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Bad Kreuznach, left formation in P-51D 'Guardian Angel' 44-13791 trailing white smoke and baled out. 28-Aug-44. Pilot 1st Lt John L Armstrong...

  • James Baine

    Military | Corporal | Motor Pool | 20th Fighter Group

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Aircraft

  • 42-104086 'Strictly Stella's Baby' ' Lucky Lady'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Rufus C Franklin. Re-assigned to Lt Arthur W Heiden when 'R C' was moved to HQ. Transferred to 402FS, 370FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recce to Malmedy, hit by flak whilst...

  • 42-104289

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-104308

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-67039

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38H-5-LO 42-67039 was assigned to 20FG/79FS at Kings Cliffe, UK. On 7-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by CPT Herbert W. Cumming, was flown to Nuthampstead to join with other P-38s from 55FG on a mission to escort B-26 bombers of 9th Air Force in an...

  • 42-67187

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-67251

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-67306

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-67516

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-67646 'Kentucky Kernel'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major DeLynn Anderson. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Brunswick. Shot down Devanter, Holland Lt Mack D Fall baled out POW. 30-Jan-44. MACR 2102.

  • 42-67665

    P-38 Lightning

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:53:19 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:51 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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