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3rd Scouting Force

Group

The 3rd Scouting Force was unique in that it operated P-51s and B-17s simultaneously, flying weather reconnaissance and escort missions for the 8th Air Force's Bomb Groups.

The 3rd Scouting Force became designated as the 862nd Bomb Squadron in February 1945 when the B-17s were added to their inventory. However, their C.O., Vince Masters, always claimed to command the 3SF and not the 862 BS, and he was an ex-bomber pilot!

Commanding officers
  • Vincent Masters

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    1st Pilot to Lead Pilot to Squadron Operations Officer. Completed required 28 missions. ...

Structure

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  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Wormingford

Connections

People

  • Luverne Abendroth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 3rd Scouting Force
    Assigned to 832BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 3rd Scouting Force. Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

  • George Ash

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 3rd Scouting Force
    Assigned to 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 3rd Scouting Force.

  • Raymond Austin

    Military | Fighter Pilot | 3rd Scouting Force

  • Warren Bartholomew

    Military | Fighter Pilot | 3rd Scouting Force

  • Edward Beaty

    Military | Lieutenant | 3rd Scouting Force

  • Russell Betts

    Military | Fighter Pilot | 3rd Scouting Force

  • Bryan Booker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 3rd Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA) P-51D 44-11349 The Citadel, Kent 6-Feb-45. Awards: PH.

  • Kenneth Bope

    Military | Captain | Bomber / Fighter pilot | 3rd Scouting Force
    Assigned to 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Having completed 28 missions as a lead pilot of a B-17. Transferred to 3rd Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ivan Calton

    Military | Fighter Pilot | 3rd Scouting Force

  • Paul Dagle

    Military | Fighter Pilot | 3rd Scouting Force

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Aircraft

  • 44-12152

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-14783 Iona

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-14083

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-14095 'Little Midget' 'My Little Angel'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt James G Bartley. Transferred to 3rd Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF. Flown by Lt Anthony M Klasinski 3rd Scouting Force on 3-Feb-45.

  • 44-14184 'Terry Claire III'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 384FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 3rd Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF.

  • 44-11349

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 3rd Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF. Lost 6-Feb-45 - Lt Brian J Booker (KIFA).

  • 44-14782 'La Verne'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 3rd Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 44-14182

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 3rd Scout Force, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-106851

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred war weary to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 3SF, 8AF USAAF.

  • 44-14154 'Mutt'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 3SF, 8AF USAAF.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2018 10:55:48 Lucy May Changes to description, aircraft types, unit encompassing associations, commanding officers associations and stations
Sources

Correspondence with Peter Randall of Little Friends website: http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/
See also: http://www.55th.org/

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

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