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350th Fighter Group

Group

The 350th Fighter Group was always intended to join the Twelfth Air Force in the North African campaign as a tactical fighter organisation, using P-39 Airacobras in ground attacks. The pilots flew practice missions from the UK before flying their aircraft to North Africa in January 1942. From there they were involved in the attacks on Tunisia, the defence of Algeria and the invasion of Sicily, Italy and southern Europe.

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Bushey Hall 1 October 1942 – 15 October 1942
Based Duxford 15 October 1942 – January 1943
Based Snailwell 16 October 1942 – 8 December 1942
Based Coltishall November 1942 – June 1943
Based Kings Cliffe December 1942

Connections

People

  • Donald Bush

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 350th Fighter Group
    Crashed at Kings Cliff, Northants in Master III W8929. Group later assigned to 12th AAF

  • Donald Cope

    Military | 350th Fighter Group

  • John Diffendal

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 350th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 346FS, 350FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Bologna 23-Dec-44 in P-47D 42-28827 fell victim to flak Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 14557. Awards: SS, AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Roger Stearns

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 350th Fighter Group
    22 October 1944 the engine of the P-400 BX418 cut out while circling Snailwell airfield Suffolk. On landing, nose wheel collaspsed. Plane was salvaged and Lieutenant Stearn returned to action. assigned to 12th AAF

  • Henry Tatum

    Military | First Lieutenant | P-47 Pilot | 350th Fighter Group
    1st Lt. H. E. Tatum – P-47 6C6 “Sugar Tit” 1st Lt. Tatum was with the 346th for 9 months from May to the end of the war in February45. He served in the air campaigns over Tarquinia and Pisa, Italy.

  • James Thorsen

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot/Squadron Commander | 31st Fighter Group
    CO 308th FS first and third combat tours HQ 350th FG second combat tour CO 79th FG post War Germany Spitfire Mk VIII HL+B "Nightshade" P-51D HL+B "Nightshade IV" 3 air kills plus 1 ME-262 damaged

  • John Urban

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 350th Fighter Group
    22 October 1942 P-400 BX418 on ferry flight to Burtonwood from Ayr plane developed fuel problems. Weather conditions and oil on windshield made landing difficult. On 4th attempt, overshot runway and a truck drove on the runway. In the collision, both...

  • John Wilkerson

    Military | Sergeant | Automotive Mechanic (Second Echelon) | 350th Fighter Group
    Group later assigned to 12th AAF GC/ DUC w/ 1 Oak Leaf Cluster/ EAME w/ 1 Silver Star & 1 Bronze Star

Aircraft

  • 42-28827 'Jersey Jerk'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 361FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Donald J Strait. Re-assigned to Capt Edward L Faison. Transferred to 346FS, 350FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Bologna 23-Dec-44 to flak pilot Lt John Diffendal...

  • LB640

    Hurricane
    Hurricane Mk I LB640, which was being operated as a target-tug with the P-39-equipped 346th Fighter Squadron, 350th Fighter Group, 12th AF USAAF in Sardinia in early 1944. ...

  • BP654

    Hurricane
    Hawker Hurricane Mk IIb BP654, delivery date from Hawkers between March - Nov 1942, after having served with RAF Sqns. 'Acquired' in Sardinia by the 350th FG, 12th AF, became a unit hack of the unit in Italy, converted to a 2 seater, and painted with a...

  • DL788

    Master
    Miles Master DL788, assigned to 347FS, 350FG, 8th AF USAAF.

  • EP176

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire EP176 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

Citations

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Revisions

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 / 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).

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