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339th Fighter Group

Group

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 were expected to fly P-51 Mustangs, an aircraft they had no or little experience flying. The Group learnt fast and recorded the highest claims of air and ground enemy aircraft victories in the space of one year. The 339th was also the only Group to claim over 100 ground strafing victories on two occasions: 105 on 4 April 1935 and 118 on 11 April 1945.

Commanding officers
  • John Henry

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    John B Henry served as a pilot with the 339th Fighter Group. He flew P-51 'San Antone Rose'. Completed tour of duty April 11, 1945. ...

  • William Clark

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot; Group Commander | 339th Fighter Group
    til April 13, 1945 504th FS, April 14-Sept. 7, 1945 HQ, completed tour of duty

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Stations

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

Connections

People

  • Thomas Abadessa

    Military | 339th Fighter Group

  • Richard Abbey

    Military | Sergeant | 339th Fighter Group

  • Myron Abeel

    Military | Corporal | 339th Fighter Group

  • Lewis Accord

    Military | Private First Class | 339th Fighter Group

  • Joe Acuna

    Military | Sergeant | 339th Fighter Group

  • Ferland Adams

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radar/Radio operator | 339th Fighter Group

  • Grady Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 339th Fighter Group

  • John Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 339th Fighter Group

  • Robert Addison

    Military | First Lieutenant | 339th Fighter Group

  • Abraham Adler

    Military | Private First Class | 339th Fighter Group

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Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2015 16:14:00 rossingtonj Changes to mission associations and stations
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Associated with Fowlmere village

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2015 15:35:49 rossingtonj Changes to mission associations and stations
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Fowlmere dates from and to updated.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 18:02:22 rossingtonj Changes to insignia, commanding officers associations and mission associations
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339th Fighter Group website: http://www.339thfg.com

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 16:44:20 rossingtonj Changes to type, aircraft types, mission associations and stations
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339th Fighter Group memorial at Fowlmere airfield.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:45 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 / The Mighty Eighth. A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force.' by Roger A. Freeman (1989). 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' compiled by the Department of the US Air Force, edited by Maurice Maurer (1983). / 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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