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353rd Fighter Squadron

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  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

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Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-133 BOMBER ESCORT

    16 September 1943
    A combined force of 79 P-47s from 56FG and 353FG are despatched to provide escort for the 1st Bomb Division formations attacking at Nantes, France. No aircraft are lost and the fighters calim 2-0-1 of attacking German fighters.

Stations

Station Location Date
Based Lashenden

Connections

People

  • William Anderson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine | 354th Fighter Group
    7 kills plus 2 V-1s

  • William Anderson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 20th Fighter Group
    William Yngve Anderson (June 28, 1921 – May 9, 2011) was a Swedish American fighter ace of World War II with seven official victories in Europe, flying P-51 Mustang fighters in the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF). He was born in Kramfors, Sweden. ...

  • John Bakalar

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine
    KIA on 1 Sep 1944 when the engine of his P-51D-5, A/C #44-13895 failed after becoming airborne on take-off on an operation mission from Gael Airfield, France. The Mustang impacted a grove of pine trees off of the end of the runway. It was determined...

  • Don Beerbower

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 354th Fighter Group
    CO 353rd FS 354th FG 9th AF ...

  • Don Beerbower

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander | 354th Fighter Group
    Top ace of the 9th AF with 15.5 air and 3 ground kills when KIA Aug. 9, 1944. First US serviceman to be awarded the Silver Star in liberated France. P-51B s/n 43-12375 FT+E "Bonnie B II" crew chief TSgt Leon Panter.

  • Carl Bickel

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine | 354th Fighter Group
    5 kill ace Hub stands for Head Up (his ass) Bickel.

  • Jack Bradley

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot / Commanding Officer | 354th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 353FS, 354FG, 8AF USAAF. 15 confirmed kills, 12.666 damaged, 3 probables. C/O 353FS. ...

  • Billy Bronston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 354th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Ralph Brown

    Military | Major | Pilot | 354th Fighter Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Spent 13 months in Stalag Luft 1, Barth Purple Heart, AirMedal w/2Oak Leaf Clusters and Good Conduct Medal

  • James Cannon

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 354th Fighter Group
    Flight leader 353rd FS 354th FG 3 air kills German ace Heinz Knoke and Cannon shot each other down on April 29, 1944.

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Aircraft

  • 42-106712

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 353FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort Madgeburg turned back due to mech failure 1st Lt Donald McDowell Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5133.

  • 43-12157

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-12158

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-12161

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-12170

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-12175

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 353FS, 354FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) crashed Röhrsen, Germany 8-Apr-44. Pilot Lt Dennis Johns Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 3560.

  • 43-12180

    P-51 Mustang
    With Pilot Captain Robert L. Priser at the controls, P-51 Mustang # 43-12180 of the 354th Fighter Group / 353rd Fighter Squadron was shot down by Fw190s during the escort mission of bombers due to raid aviation industry plants and marshalling yards in...

  • 43-12197

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-12319

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-12372

    P-51 Mustang

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2015 20:57:57 EMBLEMHUNTER Changes to mission associations and media associations
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my photo

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 15:43:22 rossingtonj Changes to type and mission associations
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Type added.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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 / 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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