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358th Fighter Group

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The 358th Fighter Group flew seventeen missions with the Eighth Air Force from Leiston air base. At the beginning of February 1944 the Group were transferred to the Ninth Air Force in exchange for the 357th Fighter Group. With the Ninth, the Group went on to win three Distinguished Unit Citations and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm for the part they played in the liberation of France and their support in pushing the German armed forces back east of the Rhine river and in southern Germany.

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Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-204 BOMBER ESCORT

    20 December 1943
    This mission is a combined force of 491 fighter aircraft despatched to escort bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. NOTE: Fighter claims of 16-3-6 on enemy aircraft were not allocated in source data, so they have been bundled with P-47 statistics. The...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-206 BOMBER ESCORT

    21 December 1943
    A force of 208 P-47s from: 78FG; 356FG; 358FG; and 359FG is despatched to provide escort to B-26 bombers of 9th Air Force attacking in the Pas-de-Calaise area. 1 aircraft with battle damage makes a crash landing at Manston, UK on return. The aircraft...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-207 BOMBER ESCORT

    22 December 1943
    This fighter mission is composed of three elements despatched to provide escort to bombers attacking as Osnabruck and Munster Germany. It is composed of three elements. The first element is a forcr of 40 P-38s from 55FG. 2 aircraft Failed to Return ...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-209 BOMBER ESCORT

    24 December 1943
    This fighter mission is despatched to provide escort to bombers that are attacking V-Weapon sites near the Pase-de-Calaise, France. The operation has three elements. The first element is a force of 40 P-38s from 55FG. There are no losses or claims. ...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-210 BOMBER ESCORT

    30 December 1943
    A force of 583 fighter aircraft are despatched to provide escort to bombers attacking at Ludwigshafen, Germany. The force is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 79 P-38s from 20FG and 55FG. There are no losses or claims in this...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-211 BOMBER ESCORT

    31 December 1943
    This is the last fighter operation of 1943. It is composed of three elements despatched to escort bomber formations attacking German airfield in France. The first element is a forc of 74 P-38s from 20FG and 55FG. 2 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR)1POW...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO 213 BOMBER ESCORT

    5 January 1944
    This is a VIII Fighter Command operation of the despatch of fighter elements to escort bombers attacking targets in Germany and France. The operation consists of four elements. The first element is a despatch of 70 P-38s from 20FG and 55FG. These are...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO 215

    7 January 1944
    A combined fighter force of 571 aircraft are despatched to provide escort for the bombers attacking at Ludwigshaven, Germany. Three elements of fighters are despatched. ...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO 217 BOMBER ESCORT

    14 January 1944
    This is a fighter operation to escort bombers attacking V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. A total of 645 fighter aircraft are despatched in three element by fighter type: ...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO 221 BOMBER ESCORT

    21 January 1944
    This is a bomber escort fighter operation composed of a combination of three fighter types: P-38s, P-47s and P51s totalling 628 aircraft despatched to escort the heavy bombers attacking V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area and the Cherbourg area...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Goxhill 20 October 1943 – 29 November 1943
Based Leiston 29 November 1943 – 31 January 1944
Based Raydon 31 January 1944 – 13 April 1944
Based High Halden 13 April 1944 – 3 July 1944
Based Cretteville Airfield 3 July 1944 – 14 August 1944
Based Pontorson 14 August 1944 – 14 September 1944
Based Vitry 14 September 1944 – 16 October 1944
Based Mourmelon 16 October 1944 – 9 November 1944
Based Toul / Croix De Metz 9 November 1944 – 2 April 1945

Connections

People

  • Scott Allard

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 358th Fighter Group

  • David Arno

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 358FG, 8AF USAAF. A Career Air Force Officer and a decorated WWII fighter pilot who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Remained in the USAF until retiring in 1970 at the rank of Lt Colonel.

  • Max Arnold

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 358th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 367FS, 358FG, 9AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • C Austin

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 358th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action

  • Philip Ballinger

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 358th Fighter Group
    358th FG transferred to 9th AF on 1 FEB 44; Lt. Ballinger flew 36 missions before shot down over France on 11 APR 44 in P-47 #42-76328; Evaded (EVD) one week before capture. Prisoner of War (POW) ...

  • Laurence Baptist

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 358th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action

  • Corlys Bedford

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 358th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). P-47D 42-75064. A/c lost on an escort mission to Ludwigshaven.

  • Jacob Blazicek

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 358th Fighter Group

  • Edward Blevins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 358th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action

  • Philip Brockus

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 366FS, 358FG, 9AF USAAF. 58 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to St Lo. Shot down by Fw190 in vicinity of Carentan. Killed in Action (KIA). 17-Jun-44. MACR 6281. Awards: PH.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2017 12:12:11 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames, motto and stations
Sources

Stations added with details from:
- "Battle Colors Volume III - Insignia and Tactical Markings of the Ninth Air Force in World War Two' by Robert A. Watkins;
- http://www.ixengineercommand.com/airfields/physical.php

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2015 14:53:12 466thHistorian Changes to commanding officers associations, mission associations and stations
Sources

"Battle Colors - Volume III" - Robert A. Watkins

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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