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Lt. Merlin Arnold of the 353rd FG/351st FS receiving an award during a medal giving ceremony.
Arnold flew P-51D "Tampa Tramp" aircraft code YJ-I. Arnold was killed bailing out of his plane when he hit the ship.



  • 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


  • Merlin Arnold

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot with the 353rd fighter group, 351st fighter squadron
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Baled out over English Channel, struck tailplane, chute did not open. 30-Mar-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (5OLC), PH.



Date Contributor Update
13 February 2017 18:49:58 dwgdallas Created entry with collection and caption

personal effects of Lt. Billy J. Murray 353rd FG/ 351st FS