365th Fighter Group

Group
Lieutenant Colonel Louis Houck of the 365th Fighter Group wearing a flying helmet with devil horns in the cockpit of his P-47 Thunderbolt nicknamed "Screamin' Weemie". Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Press.' [stamp]. Printed caption on reverse: 'AMERICAN FLYER WEARS "DEVIL'S HELMET" Lieutenant Colonel Louis Houck, 27, commander of a Ninth US Air Force fighter group, waves for contact after donning his "devil's helmet" for a mission against the Nazis. The flyer calls his plane "Screaming' Weemie". Keys

Object Number - FRE 9803 - Lieutenant Colonel Louis Houck of the 365th Fighter Group wearing a flying helmet with devil horns in the cockpit of his P-47 Thunderbolt nicknamed...

The Group moved to England in December 1943 as part of the Ninth Air Force. Flying P-47s, the Group took part in missions over northern France designed to weaken Germany's ability to repulse the planned Allied invasion of summer 1944. After the successful beach landings, the Group supported the Allies as they fought to break out at St. Lo and push further westwards. They supported the airborne assault into Holland and during the autumn of 1944, flew to aid the seizure of Aachen. The Group received a DUC for taking out a large number of enemy aircraft over the Bonn-Dusseldorf area in Germany on 21 Oct 1944. The 365th was one of the Ninth Air Force fighter groups to win a DUC for action in southern Germany, knocking out airfields and aircraft to help speed the American advance.

Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group Headquarters (365th Fighter Group)
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Group Commander

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

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Gosfield 1943-12-23 - 1944-03-05

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Bretigny 1944-09-03 - 1944-09-11

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Juvincourt 1944-09-11 - 1944-10-02

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Azeville 1944-06-27 - 1944-08-15

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Chievres 1944-10-04 - 1944-12-27

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Metz 1944-12-27 - 1945-01-30

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Aachen 1945-04-12

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Beaulieu 1944-03-06 - 1944-06-27

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Florennes / Juzaine 1945-01-20 - 1945-03-17

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Fritzlar 1945-04-12

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Lignerolles 1944-08-15 - 1944-09-03

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 388th Fighter Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 387th Fighter Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 387th Fighter Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 386th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O 813107
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 388th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18181001
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Aircraft Crew Chief

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group

Revisions

Date27 Dec 2020 06:07:27
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

"Thunderbolts of The Hell Hawks" - Barnes, Crump and Sutherland, Page 303

Date26 Dec 2020 00:05:01
Contributor466thHistorian
Date26 Dec 2020 00:04:41
Contributor466thHistorian
Date24 Dec 2020 02:29:14
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

"Thunderbolts of The Hell Hawks" - Barnes, Crump and Sutherland
page 306

Date24 Dec 2020 02:27:46
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

"Thunderbolts of The Hell Hawks" - Barnes, Crump and Sutherland
page 306

Date17 Dec 2020 23:55:54
Contributor466thHistorian
Date17 Dec 2020 23:48:53
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

Cleaned up stations

Date30 Sep 2019 13:40:26
ContributorEmily
Date1 Feb 2017 13:51:13
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

Date21 Jul 2016 01:45:59
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

Thunderbolts of the Hell Hawks - Barnes/Crump/Rutherford
Page 305

Date21 Jul 2016 01:33:58
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

Thunderbolts of The Hell Hawks - Barnes/Crump/Sutherland
Page 305

Date21 Jul 2016 00:03:21
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

"Thunderbolts of The Hell Hawks" - Barnes/Crump/Sutherland
page306

Date25 Feb 2015 17:11:13
Contributorrossingtonj
Sources

Association to Gosfield.

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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