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82nd Fighter Group

Group

The 82nd Fighter Group flew training missions from bases in Northern Ireland with the Eighth Air Force between October and December 1942. They then joined the Twelfth Air Force in North Africa, supporting the ground invasion of Tunisia, Sicily and Italy. Between October 1943 and April 1945, the Group flew bomber escorts with the Fifteenth Air Force over Italy.

Structure

Part of
  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    Command
    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • VIII Fighter Command

    VIII Fighter Command

    Command
    VIII Fighter Command was established as VIII Interceptor Command at Selfridge Field on 2 February 1942.

Encompassing
  • 95th Fighter Squadron

    95th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The squadron was activated in early 1942 at Harding Field, Louisiana as the 95th Pursuit Squadron,[3] one of the original three squadrons of the 82d Pursuit Group.[5] It soon moved to California where it equipped with Lockheed P-38 Lightnings and began...

  • 96th Fighter Squadron

    96th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The squadron was first activated in early 1942 at Harding Field, Louisiana as the 96th Pursuit Squadron,[1] one of the original three squadrons of the 82d Pursuit Group.[2] It soon moved to California where it equipped with Lockheed P-38 Lightnings and...

  • 97th Fighter Squadron

    97th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The squadron was first activated in early 1942 at Harding Field, Louisiana as the 97th Pursuit Squadron,[2] one of the original three squadrons of the 82d Pursuit Group.[3] It soon moved to California where it equipped with Lockheed P-38 Lightnings and...

Previously was
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Became
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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Maydown 6 October 1942 – 16 December 1942
Based Eglinton 15 October 1942 – 3 January 1942
Based Telerghma Airfield January 1943 – 28 March 1943
Based Bertreaux Airfield 28 March 1943 – 13 June 1943
Based Grombalia Airifield 3 August 1943 – 3 October 1943
Based San Pancrazio Airfield 3 October 1943 – 10 October 1943
Based Lecce Airfield 10 October 1943 – 11 January 1944
Based Vincenzo Airfield 11 January 1944 – 30 August 1945

Connections

People

  • John Baker

    Military | 82nd Fighter Group

  • Louis Curdes

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055-single engine | 82nd Fighter Group
    Flight leader 95th FS 82nd FG MTO 6 air kills Shot down by ME-109 on Aug 27, 1943 and captured but later escaped. MACR #549 Flight leader 4th FS 3rd Air Commando Group SWP 2 kills Flew C-54s during the Berlin Airlift. Retired has Lt Col in 1963

  • Robert Cutting

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 82nd Fighter Group
    Robert D. Cutting was my father I am Robert D. Cutting, II. His first combat mission was on September 2, 1943, in his flight log he stated this was "the roughest". 6 members of the 96th FS were lost on that day and is considered one of the greatest...

  • Clarence Johnson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 352nd Fighter Group
    3rd combat tour flight leader 487th FS 352 FG KIA Sept. 23, 1944. ...

  • Thomas Kaelin

    Military | Corporal | 82nd Fighter Group

  • Gerald Rounds

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 82nd Fighter Group
    Gerald Rounds served as a fighter pilot with the 97th Fighter Squadron of the 82nd Fighter Group, flying P-38s in the Mediterranean Theater.

  • Thomas White

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot-1056 Twin Engine | 27th Air Transport Group
    6 kills MTO 95th FS 82nd FG OPS officer 338th FS 55th FG Post WWII air tanker pilot P-38H s/n 42-67030 CL-V "Janet"

  • Robert Wilson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 82nd Fighter Group
    Pilot P-38 Droop Snoot Lightning 43-28352 'Lady Lou'. Assigned to 95th FS, 82nd FG, 15th AF.

  • Wilson Young

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 82nd Fighter Group

Aircraft

  • 41-6249 Vee Gaile

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Named for baby daughter Vivian Gaile. Lost 10 Feb 44 - Lt. Donald E Ludwig KIA

  • 44-72352 MX-Y

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-28352 'Lady Lou'

    P-38 Lightning
    Built by Lockheed as a P-38J, field modified at Langford Lodge into a 'Droop Snoot*' configuration. Assigned to 82nd Fighter Group, 12th AF, either to 95th, 96th or 97th Fighter Squadron. ...

  • 44-23614 'Hellza Dropin'

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38J Lightning field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration. Assigned 97th FS, 82nd FG, 12AF, transferred to 393rd FS, 367th FG, 9AF, transferred to 392nd FS, 367th FG, 9AF. ...

  • N3098

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire N3098 Mk Ia Const #369, Built at Eastleigh. ...

  • W3138

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire W3138 Mk Va Const #1628, Built at Eastleigh. ...

  • 43-28662 'Jeanie'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 95FS, 82FG, 12AF USAAF. Lost over Yugoslavia, shot down by Russian Yak fighter. 2Lt Eldon E Coulson Killed in Action (KIA), 7-Nov-44. MACR 9696.

Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2016 02:55:37 466thHistorian Changes to stations
Sources

http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/82nd_Fighter_Group.html

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2016 02:54:25 466thHistorian Changes to stations
Sources

http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/82nd_Fighter_Group.html

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2016 02:31:24 466thHistorian Changes to motto, unit encompassing associations and stations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/82d_Operations_Group

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 11:10:10 rossingtonj Changes to aircraft types
Sources

Aircraft type added

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 11:09:31 rossingtonj Changes to type and air forces
Sources

Airforces added

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / 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).

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