52nd Fighter Group

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A P-51 Mustang (serial number 44-63494) of the 52nd Fighter Group, 15th Air Force. Handwritten caption on reverse: '52nd FG, 5th FS (VF) Torretto AF Cerisnola Italy Base of 461 & 484 BG, 49th Wing 15 AF, Taken spring 1945.'

Object Number - FRE 8688 - A P-51 Mustang (serial number 44-63494) of the 52nd Fighter Group, 15th Air Force. Handwritten caption on reverse: '52nd FG, 5th FS (VF) Torretto AF...

Two of the Squadrons of the 52nd Fighter Group flew Spitfires with RAF Fighter Command in August and early September 1942 from Northern Ireland. After these preparatory missions, the Group joined the Twelfth and then Fifteenth Air Force in the Mediterranean theater, supporting successive army operations in Tunisia, Sicily and Italy. The Group also escorted bombers flying strategic and interdictory missions over occupied central Europe.

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

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Eglinton 13 July 1942 - 13 September 1942

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Goxhill 26 August 1942 - 21 October 1942

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Tafaraoui 9 November 1942 - 14 November 1942

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La Senia 14 November 1942 - 20 January 1943

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Telerghma 20 January 1943 - 9 March 1943

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Youks-les-Bains 9 March 1943 - 18 April 1943

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La Sebala 21 May 1943 - 30 July 1943

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Madna 14 May 1944 - 21 April 1945

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Assigned 8th Air Force

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Assigned 12th Air Force

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Assigned 15th Air Force

Encompassing

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Fighter

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group 52nd Fighter Group 503rd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14059935 / O-438002
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 52nd Fighter Group 109th Observation Squadron 336th Fighter Squadron No 133 'Eagle' Squadron 2nd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-885165
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 52nd Fighter Group
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 52nd Fighter Group
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 52nd Fighter Group
  • Service Numbers: O-885202
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Miss Ruth, Pendaja
  • Unit: 52nd Fighter Group
  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Unit: 52nd Fighter Group
  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Unit: 52nd Fighter Group
  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Unit: 52nd Fighter Group No 121 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Unit: 52nd Fighter Group 5th Service Squadron No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

Mission

  • Date: 19 August 1942
  • Official Description: 22 B-17’s drop 34 tons of bombs on Abbeville/Drucat airfield causing extensive damage. This mission is flown to occupy enemy fighters and prevent them from opposing an invasion by over 5,000 Allied troops, mostly Canadians, who raid Dieppe.
  • Date: 19 August 1942
  • Official Description: 2d Lt Samuel F Junkin Jr of 309th Ftr Sq, 31st Ftr Gp, flying a Spitfire in support of the amphibious raid on Dieppe, shoots down a German fighter, this being the first aerial victory won by an Eighth AF fighter pilot flying from the UK.

Revisions

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Air Force Combat Units of WWII

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / 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).

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