31st Fighter Group

Group
 A P-51 Mustang (MX-A, serial number 44-13464), flown by Major Sam Brown of the 31st Fighter Group, 15th Air Force.

Object Number - FRE 7551 - A P-51 Mustang (MX-A, serial number 44-13464), flown by Major Sam Brown of the 31st Fighter Group, 15th Air Force.

The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat by very high casualty rates. The Allies would not land on the north coast of France again until 6 June 1944. As part of the Twelfth Air Force, the 31st Fighter Group took part in the North African and Italian campaigns and flew P-51 Mustangs as escorts to the 15th AF from May 1944 until the war's end.

Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 31st Fighter Group
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant General
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 31st Fighter Group 308th Fighter Squadron 309th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32047878 / ?
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter pilot

Connections

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

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Atcham 11 June 1942 - 1 August 1942

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High Ercall 11 June 1942 - 4 August 1842

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Westhampnett 1 August 1942 - 21 October 1942

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Merston 24 August 1942

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Youks-les-Bains 21 February 1943 - 1 March 1943

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Korba 15 May 1943 - 30 June 1943

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Termini 2 August 1943 - 2 September 1943

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San Severo 2 April 1944 - 3 March 1945

Other

Assigned 8th Air Force

Other

Assigned 12th Air Force

Other

Assigned 15th Air Force

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 31st Fighter Group 55th Fighter Group 56th Fighter Group 343rd Fighter Squadron 62nd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32473483 / O-811298
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 31st Fighter Group 308th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 7031427
  • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Armament Non-Commissioned Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 31st Fighter Group
  • Role/Job: Armaments
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 31st Fighter Group 350th Fighter Group 309th Fighter Squadron 345th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-421583
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot/Squadron Operations Officer/Assistant Group Ops Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 31st Fighter Group 308th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15095728
  • Highest Rank: Private First Class
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-39 Airacobra
  • Nicknames: Skipper
  • Unit: 31st Fighter Group
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Little Luke
  • Unit: 31st Fighter Group 361st Fighter Group 307th Fighter Squadron 376th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 31st Fighter Group 4th Fighter Group 307th Fighter Squadron 335th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 31st Fighter Group 309th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: The Flying Dutchman
  • Unit: 31st Fighter Group 308th Fighter Squadron

Mission

  • Date: 5 August 1942
  • Official Description: VIII FC dispatches its first mission—11 aircraft of 31st Ftr Gp on a practice run over France.
  • Date: 6 August 1942
  • Official Description: VIII FC dispatches its first mission—11 aircraft of 31st Ftr Gp on a practice run over France

Revisions

Date21 Jun 2021 00:06:52
ContributorRED HORSE
Sources

Private Papers of Lt Col Harry L. Barr

Date6 Dec 2016 03:29:40
Contributor466thHistorian
Date24 Nov 2016 00:03:36
Contributor466thHistorian
Date23 Nov 2016 23:42:29
Contributor466thHistorian
Date19 Mar 2015 11:07:53
Contributorrossingtonj
Sources

Aircraft associations indicate Spitfires were used

Date19 Mar 2015 11:06:51
Contributorrossingtonj
Sources

Airforce and aircraft type added.

Date13 Mar 2015 15:12:10
Contributorrossingtonj
Sources

Type added.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:45
ContributorAAM
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 / The Mighty Eighth. A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force.' by Roger A. Freeman (1989). 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' compiled by the Department of the US Air Force, edited by Maurice Maurer (1983).

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