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381st Fighter Squadron

Squadron

Structure

Part of
  • 363rd Fighter Group

    363rd Fighter Group

    Group
    Equipped with P-51s, the Group entered combat from England in February 1944, flying bomber escort and ground-strafing missions. They took part in the invasion of Normandy, protecting gliders and troop carriers on 6 and 7 June. In September 1944, now...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Staplehurst

Connections

People

  • Daren Benbenek

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 363rd Fighter Group
    Daren L. Benbenek was a Pilot in the 363rd Fighter Group/381st Fighter Squadron. He was Killed In Action (KIA) on the Bomber Escort mission to Frankfurt, 20 March 1944. Last seen during an engagement with German fighters above Koblenz, Germany, his P...

  • Elmo Berglind

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 363rd Fighter Group
    Evaded capyure. Plane was hit by enemy fire and he bailed out over Europe. He escaped over the Pyrenees Mtns into Spain, arriving 1 day before D Day.

  • Kenneth Doran

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 363rd Fighter Group

  • John Gervan

    Military | Lieutenant

  • Victor Gustafson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 363rd Fighter Group

  • Harry Howell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 363rd Fighter Group

  • Virgil Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant

  • Robert Kennedy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 363rd Fighter Group

  • I. Fuller McCowan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 358th Fighter Group

  • Samuel McRoberts

    Military | Second Lieutenant

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Aircraft

  • 42-102994

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-106466

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-106477

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-106616

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-106647 "Big Mac Junior"

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 381FS, 363FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 8-Aug-44; strafing boats was hit by flak belly landed vicinity of Quimper pilot Lt John R. Brown EVD A/C strafed and set alight. MACR 7800

  • 42-106877

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-6434

    P-51 Mustang
    Pilot Daren L. Benbenek was killed in the crash of this Mustang. He had been last seen above Koblenz, Germany during an encounter with German fighters. No details are known about the reason of the loss. Killed In Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report ...

  • 43-6619

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-6645

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-6647

    P-51 Mustang

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Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 15:44:42 rossingtonj Changes to type
Sources

Type added.

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

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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