354th Fighter Group

Group

Object Number - UPL 16270 - P-51B 43-12375 FT*E Bonnie B. 353rd Fighter Squadron, 354th FG, 8th AF.

The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the aircraft. The Group escorted gliders on D-Day on 6 June 1944 and in the course of that month continued to strike targets like railways lines and German gun positions in support of Allied troop positions in northern France. The Group was awarded two DUC, the first for their work escorting bombers in the first half of 1944 and the second for a series of successful fighter-sweeps that destroyed numerous enemy aircraft in the air and on the ground on 25 August 1944. The Group support the Battle of the Bulge that winter and Allied troops fighting at the Rhine river in early 1945.

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

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Greenham Common 4 November 1943

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Cricqueville 22 June 1944

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Gael 13 August 1944 - 17 September 1944

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Rosieres en Haye 1 December 1944 - 8 April 1945

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Boxted

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Lashenden

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Orconte

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Ansbach

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group 355th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-744674
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group 356th Fighter Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot, Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: Austrian
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Mechanic
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group 353rd Fighter Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group 356th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 354th Fighter Group

Revisions

Date30 Sep 2019 13:56:44
ContributorEmily
Date27 Jul 2015 01:36:33
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Chris Brassfield

Date27 Jul 2015 01:35:57
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Chris Brassfield

Date27 Jul 2015 01:29:55
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Battle Colors - Volume III

Date27 Jul 2015 01:29:09
Contributor466thHistorian
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"Battle Colors - Volume III" - Robert A. Watkins

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:45
ContributorAAM
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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). / 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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