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389th Fighter Squadron



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  • 365th Fighter Group

    365th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in December 1943 as part of the Ninth Air Force. Flying P-47s, the Group took part in missions over northern France designed to weaken Germany's ability to repulse the planned Allied invasion of summer 1944. After the...

  • 366th Fighter Group

    366th Fighter Group

    The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...

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Station Location Date
Based Thruxton



  • Joe Earley

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 366th Fighter Group

  • William Grounds

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 366th Fighter Group

  • John Hustis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 366th Fighter Group
    Was last seen diving on a column of trucks in a strafing attack. Believed to have bailed out. Body found later. Buried in Normandy American Cemetery

  • Raymond Smart

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 366th Fighter Group

  • Vernon Turner

    Military | Major General | Fighter Pilot | 366th Fighter Group


  • 42-75107

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 44-19728

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 41-6404 'Ill Wind?' 'Old Red Ass'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt P47C-5-RE 41-6405 'Old Red Ass' assigned to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF, pilot Lt Nicholas Megura. Re-assigned to Raymond C 'Bud' Care. ...

  • 42-76378

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 389BS, 366BG, 9AF USAAF. Destroyed landing with hung ordnance at Asch airfield (Y-29), Belgium, when the bomb came loose and exploded. Pilot 1st Lt Karl T Hallberg survived with head injuries that he would recover from. 31-Dec-44.




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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)