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67th Fighter Wing

Wing

US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Constituted as 6th Air Defense Wing on 14 Jun 1943 and activated on 15 Jun. Redesignated 67th Fighter Wing in Jul 1943. Moved to England in Aug 1943 and assigned to Eighth AF. Served in combat in the European theater from Dec 1943 until late in Apr 1945. Inactivated in England on 21 Nov 1945.

Commanding officers
  • Avelin Tacon

    Military | Colonel | Headquarters, Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Jan. 1943-Nov. 1944, to 67th Fighter Wing

  • Edward Anderson

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding General
    Assigned to HQ Sqn, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Commanding Officer, from 27 September 1942 to 20 August 1943. ...

  • Roy Osborn

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer; pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Roy Osborn served as the Commanding Officer of the 364th Fighter Group. RTD

Structure

Part of
  • VIII Fighter Command

    VIII Fighter Command

    Command
    VIII Fighter Command was established as VIII Interceptor Command at Selfridge Field on 2 February 1942.

  • 1st Air Division

    1st Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 1st Bomb Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

  • 1st Bomb Division

    1st Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 1st Bomb Wing came under the command of the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

Encompassing
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 364th Fighter Group

    364th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 364th Fighter Group flew 342 missions in P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs from Honington, Suffolk. The missions ranged from escorting bombers and dive-bombing and strafing targets to area patrol missions across a swathe of land that took in France...

  • Headquarters (67th Fighter Wing)
Previously was
Not yet known
Became
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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Walcot Hall 26 August 1943 – October 1943
Based Troston 25 October 1943 – 21 September 1945

Connections

People

  • Vernon Beesley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 67FW, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Irving Bradford

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 67FW, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour Duty (ETD) 1. Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour Duty (ETD) 2. Awards: AM (OLC).

  • Jacob Carwile

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 361FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF, October-1944-December 1944. Transferred HQ Sqn, 67FW 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Henry Castle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Detached Service 67FW. Transferred 555FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 5ERS, 8AF USAAF.. Transferred 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Contos

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 67FW, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Cox

    Military | Captain | 359th Fighter Group

  • Ralph Cox

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander | 359th Fighter Group
    5 kill ace (1 ME-109 + 4 FW-190)

  • Maurice Cristadoro

    Military | Brigadier General | Fighter pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to HQ Sqn, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 67FW, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Re-assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Credited 1 x kill [Fw190]. Discharged USAAF. ...

  • John De Mille

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 364th Fighter Group

  • Evan Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Biblis on 25 Sep 44 in P-51 'Peanuts' 43-6707.

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Aircraft

  • 42-22547 'We Three'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Edmund Zellner. Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron.

Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2019 10:55:53 Emily Changes to type, motto, insignia, us air force combat units of world war ii description, commanding officers associations and stations
Sources

Air Force Combat Units of World War II

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:44 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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