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Pilots of the 351FS, 353FG pose in front of a Republic P-47 at an airbase in England. Sept 44.

Standing L-R: Lt Strobell, Lt Biddy, Lt Hungate, Lt Tumlin, Lt Milligan, Lt Toppel, Lt Thistlethwaite, Lt Weaver, Lt Perpente, Capt Leatherman, Lt Hunter, Lt Stump, Lt Stanley, Lt Edwards, Lt King, Capt Lefebre.
Kneeling L-R: Lt Frank, Lt Trudeau, Lt Mincik, Lt Maguire, Lt Terzian, Major Christian, Capt Emory, Lt Field, Lt Ahles, Capt Byers.

Nara Ref 3A47475-3A47999.



  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron


  • George Ahles

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Enlisted USAAC Nov-39. Posted to A-20 light bomber squadron. Qualified for pilot training Nov-40. Entered Aviation Cadets Jan-42. Presented wings Nov-42. Advanced pilot training Sep-42. Married Sep-42. Joined 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF nucleus Dec-42....

  • Hardy Biddy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Graduated from Hobart High and attended Oklahoma University. He entered the USAAC in May 1942, trained in San Antonio and Victoria TX, Sikeston MO and Enid OK. Shipped overseas in February 1944 and served in England with 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF....

  • Vic Byers

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 2.5 kills. Completed 2 x tours of duty. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Shannon Christian

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ, 67FW, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Francis Edwards

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Forced to ditch in the North Sea after being hit by flak during a strafing run on the return from a withdrwal support misson on 29 Mar 1944 in a P-47. RTD. Shot down in combat by an FW190 during a bomber support mission and crashed Hannover in P-47D 42...

  • Frank Emory

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot

  • Herbert Field

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into Channel in P-47 42-75570 hit by flak

  • William Frank

    Military | Second Lieutenant

  • Max Hungate

    Military | Second Lieutenant

  • Harry Hunter

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Crashed at Le Plessier on 30 May 44 in P-47 #42-75688, Prisoner of War (POW).

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  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...


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28 June 2016 20:45:28 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations