362nd Fighter Group

Group
Colonel J.L. Laughlin, of the 362nd Fighter Group, smokes a cigar with his dog mascot "Prince" inside the cockpit of his P-51 Mustang. Image via Chuck Mann. Written on slide casing: 'Col Jos Laughlin, Gp CO and "Prince", note- German Cruiser. 362 FG, Rennes, Aug '44.'

Object Number - FRE 7218 - Colonel J.L. Laughlin, of the 362nd Fighter Group, smokes a cigar with his dog mascot "Prince" inside the cockpit of his P-47D serial 44-33287 "Five...

The Group trained in P-47s and moved to England in November 1943. Arriving earlier than many other Ninth Air Force fighter groups, the pilots main occupation was escort work for heavy bombers. The Group's first mission on 8 February 1944 was one protecting B-24 bombers as they dropped their payload V weapon launching sites near Pais de Calais on the French north coast. The Group escorted large aircraft with a different kind of payload on D-Day when they accompanied C-47 aircraft carrying paratroopers about to deploy in the French interior. In July the Group moved to their first continental base at Lignerolles, north- France. From there they continued to strike targets in support of the Allied westwards push. The Group received a DUC for their role in disabling defences at Brest harbour on 25 August 1944. Their second DUC came from action over the Moselle-Rhine river triangle when the group were able to strike enemy targets on an armed reconnaissance mission for infantry forces below.

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

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Headcorn 1944-04-13 - 1944-07-02

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Wormingford 1943-11-30 - 1944-04-13

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Lignerolles 1944-07-02 - 1944-08-10

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Rennes 1944-08-10 - 1944-09-19

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Prosnes 1944-09-19 - 1944-11-05

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Verdun 1944-11-05 - 1945-04-08

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 362nd Fighter Group 379th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13060071 O 745255
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Thunderbolt fighter pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 362nd Fighter Group 378th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-745256
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 362nd Fighter Group 366th Fighter Group 377th Fighter Squadron 390th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: A0745258
  • Role/Job: P-47 thunderbult pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 362nd Fighter Group 379th Fighter Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 362nd Fighter Group 378th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-745263
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 362nd Fighter Group 377th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 362nd Fighter Group 377th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 362nd Fighter Group
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 362nd Fighter Group
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 362nd Fighter Group

Revisions

Date1 Feb 2017 13:31:47
Sources

Stations added with details from:
- "Battle Colors Volume III - Insignia and Tactical Markings of the Ninth Air Force in World War Two' by Robert A. Watkins;
- http://www.ixengineercommand.com/airfields/physical.php

Date14 Sep 2016 17:47:33
Contributormillebr
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Argunners.com

Date13 Mar 2015 15:33:07
Contributorrossingtonj
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Type added.

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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