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50th Fighter Group


Before the build-up to D-Day, the group were based in the United States as part of the Fighter School Command and the Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics. In spring 1944 though, like so many other fighter and bomb groups, the 50th Fighter Group moved to the ETO. Their new home was to be Lymington in Hampshire, southern England. From there they flew fighter sweeps and bombed targets in northern France. They were over the beaches on D-Day and on base at Carentan by 25 June 1944. Two DUCs were awarded to the group, the first for their close support of the US Seventh Army that helped the Allies breach the Siegfried Line in March 1945 and the second for inflicting heavy damage on airfields outside Munich, allowing American troops to move more swiftly through southern Germany.


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Station Location Date
Based Lymington 5 April 1944 – 25 June 1944
Based Carentan 25 June 1944 – 16 August 1944
Based Meautis 16 August 1944 – 4 September 1944
Based Orly 4 September 1944 – 28 September 1944
Based Laon/Athies 28 September 1944 – 3 November 1944
Based Lyon / Bron 28 September 1944
Based Toul / Ochey 3 November 1944



  • Donald Angell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | fighter pilot | 50th Fighter Group
    DONALD A. ANGELL, Sr. 86, of The Villages, Florida passed away on January 18, 2008. He had been a resident of the Palm Beach Gardens area since 1968 after retiring from the US Air Force as a Major. He had resided at The Villages since September 2003....

  • Bobby Childers

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 360FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals. Post war: Served in Korean conflict rising to rank of Major.

  • Forrest Chilton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 50th Fighter Group
    Forrest Spencer Chilton III was born on December 1, 1921 in Syracuse, New York. Forrest's spent his early life with grandparents in Brooklyn, NY before his family moved to Pompton Plains, New Jersey. He attended Butler High School in Butler, NJ,...

  • Rex David

    Military | Pilot | 50th Fighter Group
    Rex David served as a pilot with the 81st Fighter Squadron of the 50th Fighter Group from Lymington, England in 1944. One of the aircraft he flew was P-47 42-25744, which he nicknamed 'The Galveston Gal'.

  • Walter Dyer

    Military | Corporal | 50th Fighter Group
    Crashed in Yorkshire. 50th FG/ 417th FS night fighers probably came under the control of 8th AF June 22, 1943

  • Clair Edel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 50th Fighter Group

  • William Fleming

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 50th Fighter Group
    Capt. William R. Fleming served with the 10th Fighter Squadron, flying Thunderbolts from Lymington (Stn 551). He was born on the 8th of August 1921 to William Richard Fleming senior and his wife Elizabeth (née Early). To differentiate father and son...

  • Edwin Johnston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 50th Fighter Group
    2nd Lt Edwin R. Johnston was a pilot of the 10th Fighter Squadron, flying Thunderbolts in the ETO. He was born on the 13th of August 1919 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Mark Graham Johnston and his wife Jessie (née Coogler) who were married in...

  • Frank McLain

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 50th Fighter Group
    Crashed in Yorkshire. 50th FG/ 417th FS night fighters probably came under the control of 8th AF at that time.

  • Thomas Personett

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 50th Fighter Group
    Flew P-47 Thunderbolts with the 313th Fighter Squadron, 50th Fighter Group. Retired as a Colonel in 1971. Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal w/ 17 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart.


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Date Contributor Update
26 July 2015 01:45:58 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, motto and insignia

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

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26 July 2015 01:44:22 466thHistorian Changes to stations

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02 November 2014 18:35:10 jmchristel Changes to type and aircraft types

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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)