356th Fighter Group

Group
Ground crew of the 356th Fighter Group congratulate the pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt nicknamed "Zombie" at Martlesham Heath air base. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'ZOMBIE yellow, black outline. [illegible text] black white common practice of 361st FS.'

Object Number - FRE 464 - Ground crew of the 356th Fighter Group congratulate the pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt nicknamed "Zombie" at Martlesham Heath air base. Handwritten...

The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The Group was awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation for its support of the airborne invasion of Holland in mid September 1944.

Commanding Officers

Captain Francis S Gabreski, Lieutenant Colonel Loren McCollon and Lieutenant Colonel Phil Tuckey of the 56th Fighter Group share a joke. Colonel Hubert Zemke (56th Fighter Group) has handwritten on the reverse: 'L to R: (1) Capt. Francis S. Gabreski; (2) Lt.Col. Loren G. McCollom; (3) Lt.Col. Phil Tuckey, CO 63rd FS. They are exchanging a joke at the promotion of McCollom.'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: VIII Fighter Command 356th Fighter Group 56th Fighter Group 63rd Fighter Squadron Headquarters (356th Fighter Group)
  • Service Numbers: O-393591
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Group Commander

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Martlesham Heath 1943-10-05 - 1945-11-02

Based

Goxhill 1943-08-27 - 1943-10-05

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 356th Fighter Group 361st Fighter Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Corporal
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 356th Fighter Group Headquarters (356th Fighter Group)
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Statistical Section
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 356th Fighter Group 360th Fighter Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Corporal
  • Role/Job: Engineering
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 356th Fighter Group 361st Fighter Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineering
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 356th Fighter Group 360th Fighter Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineering

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 356th Fighter Group 360th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 356th Fighter Group 361st Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 356th Fighter Group 361st Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 356th Fighter Group 361st Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 356th Fighter Group Headquarters (356th Fighter Group)

Revisions

Date6 Feb 2018 10:38:47
ContributorPEP.1956
Sources

littlefriends.co.uk and several other sources

Date13 Mar 2015 15:13:22
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). / 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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