Thomas L Hayes Jr


Object Number - UPL 26226 - Maj Tom Hayes 357th FG

Native of Portland, Oregon.
Flew P-39 Airacobras with the 35th FG in New Guinea - 2 ground kills 1942-43.

Flew P-51B/Ds in ETO. Was CO of the 364th FS and Deputy CO of the 357th FG.
8.5 air kills.

B/G USAF retired.


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Units served with


A crew chief of the 357th Fighter Group with a P-51 nicknamed "Cathy Mae II" flown by Dale E. Karger. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Crew Chief of Karger's plane.'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 364th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-822187
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot


A 364th Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group P-51 Mustang (C5-N, serial number 44-13318) nicknamed "Frenesi" after the war.
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Frenesi, B.K's Battle Buggy
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 364th Fighter Squadron


Aerial photograph of Leiston airfield looking south, the control tower and technical site are to the right, 16 October 1945. Photograph taken by No. 541 Squadron, sortie number RAF/106G/UK/929. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Theberton/Saxmundham


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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45

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