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83rd Fighter Squadron

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  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Duxford

Connections

People

  • Ishmael Abernathy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    Trained with 312FS, 338FG. Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • James Allison

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 83FS, 78FG 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron. End of War. Awards: WWII Victory.

  • Kenneth Allstaedt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to Transferred to HQ Sqn.

  • Merrill Andrews

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter Pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Ariono

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 78th Fighter Group

  • Howard Askelson

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 aerial victory. Transferred to 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Post War: Remained in USAF served 31 years as a fighter interceptor pilot and a squadron leader, rising to the rank of Colonel.

  • John Bainer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harold Barnaby

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to VIII Fighter Command. ETD. Awards: SS, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Francis Bayes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief | 78th Fighter Group
    Served 2 tours of duty EAME Ribbon w/5 bronze stars; Dist. Unit Citation; Good Conduct

  • Donald Beals

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    On 26-Jan-43 in P-38F 41-7566 78FG/83FS 2nd Lt Donald S Beals was being transferred to Tafaroui, Algeria from Portreath, UK. He was flying with a flight of 9 others. The flight was to make a stop at Gibraltar but only 6 arrived. No traces of Lt Beals'...

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Aircraft

  • 41-6411 Muscle Bound

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47C-5-RE 41-6411 [HL:N], was assigned to 78FG/83FS at Duxford, UK. ...

  • 41-7576

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38F 41-7566 78FG/83FS was being transferred to Tafaroui, Algeria from Portreath, UK on 26-Jan-43 by 2Lt Donald S. Beals. He was flying with a flight of 8 others. The flight was to make a stop at Gibraltar but only 6 arrived. No traces of Lt. Beals'...

  • 42-22776

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-26016

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-26020

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-26449

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-26536

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-26543

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-26672

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-28544

    P-47 Thunderbolt

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2014 17:10:03 Superman Changes to type and aircraft types
Sources

Duxford Diary

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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