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364th Fighter Group

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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, Belgium, Holland and Germany. After converting to P-51 Mustangs, the Group also flew long-range bomber escort missions, winning a Distinguished Unit Citation for their defence of B-17 Flying Fortresses on a mission to Frankfurt on 27 December 1944.

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force FO 257 BOMBER ESCORT

    2 March 1944
    Two separate fighter operations are utilized to escort the two heavy bomber operations attacking at Frankfurt, Germany and Chartres, France. ...

  • 8th Air Force FO 259 BOMBER ESCORT

    3 March 1944
    A combined fighter force of 730 aircraft of types: P-38; P-47 and P-51 are despached to escort the heavy bombers despatched to bomb the primary targets of Berlin, Erkner and Oraneinburg, Germany. The P-38 elements were the first American aircraft to...

  • 8th Air Force FO 260 BOMBER ESCORT

    4 March 1944
    A combined force of 770 fighters of types: P-38; P-47 and P-51 are despatched to heavy bombers attacking at Berlin. The weather is terrible and many of the bomber formations either abort of seek Targets of Opportunity in the Ruhr valley. The P-38...

  • 8th Air Force FO 261 BOMBER ESCORT

    5 March 1944
    A combined force of 307 fighters of types: P-38; P-47 and P-51 are despatched to provide escort to heavy bombers attacking German airfields in France. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force FO 262 BOMBER ESCORT

    6 March 1944
    A combined figther force of 801 figthers of types: P-38; P-47 and P-51 are despatched to provide escort for heavy bombers attacking at Berlin, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force FO 263 BOMBER ESCORT

    8 March 1944
    A combined force of 891 fighters of types: P-38; P-47 and P-51 are despatched to provide escort to heavy bombers attacking the VKF ball bearing factories at Berlin/Erkner. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force FO 264 BOMBER ESCORT

    9 March 1944
    A combined force of fighters of types: P-38s; P-47s and P-51s are despatched to provide escort to heavy bombers attacking at Berlin, Hannover, Brunswick and Nienburg, Germany. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force FO 265 BOMBER ESCORT

    11 March 1944
    This fighter escort operation is composed of two separate elements. The first element is a combined force of 140 fighters of types: P-47 and P-51 are despatched to provide escort to heavy bombers attacking at Munster, Germany and vicinity. Mission...

  • 8th Air Force FO 269 BOMBER ESCORT

    15 March 1944
    A combined force of 588 fighters of types: P-38 and P-47 are despatched to provide escort to heavy bombers attacking at Brunswick, Germany. No P-51 units are despatched because all P-51s have been grounded to make modifications to their VHF radio...

  • 8th Air Force FO 270 BOMBER ESCORT

    16 March 1944
    A combined force of 868 fighters of types: P-38; P-47; and P-51 are despatched to provide excort to heavy bombers attacking at Augsburg and Friedrichshafen, Germany. Despatch summary follows: ...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Honington 10 February 1944 – 3 November 1945

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People

  • Francis Abbe

    Military | Sergeant | Ground Crew | 364th Fighter Group
    Had several ground straffings-close calls by buzz bombs 3 group citations

  • Argent Acosta

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Area sweep to Berlin, shortly after landfall formation went onto instruments due to overcast, element leader called a break as another group of P-51's where descending onto the formation,...

  • Jerome Adler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 385FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Alfred Albrecht

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 384FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort Halle, entered melee with section, became detached and shot down near Eschwege in P-51 44-14174 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 8785.

  • John Allen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot; Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Gwynn Boswell crew. Reported to 306BG on 29-Apr-44. When he was detached service with the 1st Scouting Force (364th FG/384th FS), crashed at Neuringe on 3-Feb-45 in P-51D 44-13686. POW at Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria. ...

  • Robert Allen

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 384FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 60 missions in P-51's. Released from service in 1945. Awards: DFC, AM ( 7 OLC), WWII Victory.

  • Thomas Allinder

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 385FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with a shared destroyed. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory.

  • Eldon Allvin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Died following Forced Landing due to Engine Failure in P-38H 42-66927 Oxnard Flight Strip, CA, USA. Killed in Training Accident (KIT) 26-Dec-43.

  • Vaud Ames

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 383FS, 364FG,AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort mission to Troyes. Shot down by Fw190 of 3/JG2, abandoned P-38J 42-67222. A/C Crashed near Ramboulet. 25-May-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5272.

  • George Ammerman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 330FS, 329FG, USAAF. Transferred to 384FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD). ...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 15:14:46 rossingtonj Changes to type and mission associations
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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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