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366th Fighter Group

Group

The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied preparations for the invasion of France, taking out German military sites and equipment in northern France. The Group were awarded a DUC for quite a singular action: when supporting infantry in the St. Lo area on 11 July 1944, the pilots discovered a column of enemy tanks as yet unknown to the infantry. Despite coming under intense fire, the Group, as well as striking nearby pillboxes, the intended target of the mission, attacked this column. This put many of the German tanks out of action before they engaged the infantry. The Group carried out armed reconnaissance missions during the Battle of the Bulge (December 1944-January 1945) and escorted bombers during the assult across the Rhine river. The Group's last mission saw them attacking harbors at Kiel and Flensburg on 3 May 1945. The Group remained in Germany after the war and, as part of United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), were part of the occupation force.

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Station Location Date
Based Membury 10 January 1944 – 1 March 1944
Based Thruxton 1 March 1944 – 12 June 1944
Based Saint-Pierre-du-Mont Airfield 13 June 1944 – 24 August 1944
Based Dreux 24 August 1944 – 8 September 1944
Based Laon / Couvron 8 September 1944 – 19 November 1944
Based Asch Aerodrome 19 November 1944 – 11 April 1945
Based Münster-Handorf Airfield 11 April 1945 – 25 June 1945

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  • Quentin Aanenson

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 366th Fighter Group
    Quentin Aanenson served as a pilot with the 391st Fighter Squadron of the 366th Fighter Group, flying 75 missions in Europe. ...

  • Phillips Abbott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 366th Fighter Group
    2nd Lt Phillips Abbott Jr., pilot of the P-47 Thunderbolt 42-75412, took off from A-1 at St-Pierre-du-Mont on a mission over Tours. He was flying in the no.4 spot in Blue Section. According to 2nd Lt Herbert G. Stewart, Abbott was hit by flak and...

  • Richard Alderman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 366th Fighter Group
    We attacked a column of tanks and trucks along a road near a castle on the edge of Hurtgen Forest and were shot by flak. ...

  • Roy Alldritt

    Military | P-47 thunderbult pilot | 362nd Fighter Group
    ROY J. ALLDRITT, Bozeman, Montana, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1940. After a few months of flight line experience helping crew B.18's and B.17's he attended a six months aircraft maintenance training school at Chanute Field, Ill. After...

  • Paul Bade

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 366th Fighter Group

  • Rufus Barkley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 366th Fighter Group
    Lt. Barkley was the pilot of a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt and was K.I.A. on 17 November 1944, while on a mission over Deuren, Germany. His ability as a fighter pilot, though, was judged to be superior by his commanding officer.

  • Andrew Calhoun

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 366th Fighter Group

  • Charles Carter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 366th Fighter Group
    KIA June 13 1944 at St Gabriel France after his P-47D was hit with Anti Aircraft Fire then crashed and exploded. Claimed 2.0 aerial victories.

  • Leslie Crosswhite

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 366th Fighter Group

  • Willard Dimmick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 366th Fighter Group
    April 12 1944, from The Wellsboro Agitator Newspaper,Wellsboro Pensylvania. ...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2017 13:57:55 general ira snapsorter Changes to type and stations
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Station 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
06 July 2016 17:26:06 Lucy May Changes to stations
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http://www.366fightergroupassoc.org/History-WWII.htm

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2016 19:50:47 Paul Jacob Changes to type, motto and insignia
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The patch worn by members of the 366th Fighter Group during WWII is displayed on the 366th Fighter Association web site http://www.366fighterassociation.net/366th-command-patches.html The Association, initially named "366th Fighter Group Association" was formed by a group of WWII veterans of the 366th. The Association was renamed 366th Fighter Association, in 2012, to reflect the fact that membership now includes veterans from the initial Army Air Corps 366th Fighter Group and descendant organizations up to and including the current 366th Fighter Wing based at Mt Home AFB..

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 23:42:12 EMBLEMHUNTER Changes to mission associations and media associations
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found online

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 23:39:04 EMBLEMHUNTER Changes to mission associations
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Found online

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2015 20:16:37 Gilad_Bashan Changes to nicknames and mission associations
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Gilad Bashan

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2014 22:21:27 Gilad_Bashan Changes to mission associations and media associations
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Gilad Bashan

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2014 21:44:10 Gilad_Bashan Changes to mission associations and media associations
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Gilad Bashan

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2014 16:51:13 Gilad_Bashan Changes to mission associations and media associations
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Gilad Bashan

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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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