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  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron


  • William Bailey

    Military | Lieutenant General | Air Executive; Deputy Commanding Officer | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. 186 x combat missions. Credited 3 x kills (air), 3 x kills (ground). ...

  • Leslie Seppala

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 552nd Fighter Training Squadron, 495th Fighter Training Group, 8th AF USAAF. Transferred to 352nd Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group, 8th Air Force. Later HQ Sqn (353rd Fighter Group). ...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 3 February 1945


Date Contributor Update
02 October 2014 04:55:13 Airhead Changes to nicknames, markings and person associations

From Lt Col. William B Bailey. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14303 SX-B "Double Trouble". This a/c was lost on 3 February 1945 when Maj. Leslie W Seppala became a POW, being replaced by "Double Trouble Two", the better known of the two a/c thanks to the "warbird" scene and the Smithsonian!

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:44 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 12169 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database