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309th Fighter Squadron

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  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

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People

  • Robert Belmont

    Military | Second Lieutenant | pilot

  • Winfred Chambers

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Crashed near Westhampnett airfield in Spitfire VB EN909. Group was transferred to 12th AF on 14 September but was still operating under 8th control

  • Laverne Collins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Lost supporting the Dieppe landings in Spitfire 19 August 1942.

  • John Fawcett

    Military | First Lieutenant | pilot

  • John Felton

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Joined RCAF 1940, Assigned to 185 Sqn RAF Malta defense. 50 missions. Credited 1 x Ju88 Strait of Messina. Transferred USAAF, assigned to 309FS, 31FG, 15AF USAAF. Credited 1 x destroyed. Spitfires and P-51 Mustangs. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). ...

  • Jack Gibson

    Military | Private | Firefighter | 31st Fighter Group
    One of two, 1992nd EAFFP firefighters killed while engaged in fire fighting operations on a downed P-51 aircraft, #43-7034 at Lucera Airbase, Italy

  • Ernest Hackney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Flew P51 Mustang

  • Frank Hill

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Hill taught himself to fly gliders as early as 1937. Began his career in 1939 in the Army Air Corps. He became a flight commander [308FS] and in May-42 went to England where the 31st Fighter Group was flying Spitfires. Hill participated in invasions...

  • Jerome Juhnke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 309FS, 31FG, 12AF. Shot down east of El Guettar in plane assigned to Lt Leonard Houston Meldeau, coded WZ-O. This was the third time he had been shot down, but this time his parachute (Meldeau's) failed to open. Juhnke assigned plane at...

  • Samuel Junkin

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Aircraft sustained battle damage while supporting landings at Dieppe, France 19 August 1942 in Spitfire VB. Aircraft ditched into the English Channel and Lt. Junkin was rescued. Returned to base. Lt. Junkin was credited with an air victory of a German...

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Aircraft

  • EN909

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire EN909 Mk Vb, Built at Chattis Hill. ...

  • BM635

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BM635 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • AB811

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AB811 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • EP179 'Mary James'

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb EP179 Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • BL964

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL964 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • BM511

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BM511 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • EP615

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire EP615 Mk IX, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • EP971

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire EP971 Mk Vb [T], Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • W8586

    Master
    Miles Master W8586, assigned to 309th FS 31st FG 8AF USAAF.

  • W8934

    Master
    Miles Master W8934 assigned to 309th FS, 31st FG, 8AF USAAF.

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Date Contributor Update
09 April 2015 20:46:38 EMBLEMHUNTER Changes to media associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:47 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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