355th Fighter Group

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The insignia of the 355th Fighter Group.

Object Number - FRE 5257 - The insignia of the 355th Fighter Group.

Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the Group flew Thunderbolts and Mustangs as escorts for bombers and in area patrols and fighter sweeps.

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Steeple Morden 8 July 1943 - 3 July 1945

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 355th Fighter Group 358th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-1699474
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 355th Fighter Group 358th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18039014 / O-664496
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Civilian
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 355th Fighter Group 354th Fighter Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 355th Fighter Group 354th Fighter Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Civilian
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 355th Fighter Group

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 355th Fighter Group 357th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 355th Fighter Group 357th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 355th Fighter Group 358th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Martins Gloria
  • Unit: 355th Fighter Group 354th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 355th Fighter Group 357th Fighter Squadron

Revisions

Date9 Mar 2018 15:49:52
Sources

2nd Air Division Memorial Library

Date10 Apr 2015 06:55:23
ContributorEMBLEMHUNTER
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my photo

Date19 Mar 2015 11:38:27
Contributorrossingtonj
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Dates at Steeple Morden added (source: unit history highlights), DUC moved to citations.

Date15 Feb 2015 22:35:34
ContributorDrgondog
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Russell McNally's YFbar-J Morphine Sue - part of 358FS "E" Flight designated to support the Scout Force - Experimental based at Steeple Morden July 11 through early September, 1944

Date15 Feb 2015 22:18:00
ContributorDrgondog
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Scout Force Experimental YFbar J 44-13659 - pilot Russell McNally. Noseover at Steeple Morden approximately July 11, 1944. McNally was TDY from 358FS. The 355th FG provided volunteers to fly wingman for various bomber pilots flying Mustangs as Weather and Target Scouts.

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). / 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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