50th Fighter Group

Group

Object Number - UPL 7496

Before the build-up to D-Day, the group were based in the United States as part of the Fighter School Command and the Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics. In spring 1944 though, like so many other fighter and bomb groups, the 50th Fighter Group moved to the ETO. Their new home was to be Lymington in Hampshire, southern England. From there they flew fighter sweeps and bombed targets in northern France. They were over the beaches on D-Day and on base at Carentan by 25 June 1944. Two DUCs were awarded to the group, the first for their close support of the US Seventh Army that helped the Allies breach the Siegfried Line in March 1945 and the second for inflicting heavy damage on airfields outside Munich, allowing American troops to move more swiftly through southern Germany.

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

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Lymington 5 April 1944 - 25 June 1944

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Carentan 25 June 1944 - 16 August 1944

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Meautis 16 August 1944 - 4 September 1944

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Orly 4 September 1944 - 28 September 1944

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Laon/Athies 28 September 1944 - 3 November 1944

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Lyon / Bron 28 September 1944

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Toul / Ochey 3 November 1944

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 50th Fighter Group 10th Fighter Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: fighter pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 50th Fighter Group 313th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-66681
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 356th Fighter Group 50th Fighter Group 313th Fighter Squadron 359th Fighter Squadron 360th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18049503 / O-431857
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Fighter pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 50th Fighter Group 313th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-797789
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 50th Fighter Group 81st Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18115103 on enlisting
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 50th Fighter Group
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 50th Fighter Group
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: The Galveston Gal
  • Unit: 50th Fighter Group 81st Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 50th Fighter Group
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 50th Fighter Group

Revisions

Date26 Jul 2015 01:45:58
Contributor466thHistorian
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"Battle Colors - Volume III" - Robert A. Watkins

Date26 Jul 2015 01:44:22
Contributor466thHistorian
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466th BG Historian

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:46
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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