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Roll of Honour produced by the Friends of Leiston Airfield to commemorate the pilots lost flying from that airfield.

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Units

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

People

  • Fletcher Adams

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine
    Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Nine confirmed kills. Failed to Return (FTR) from bomber escort mission to Bernburg, section bounced out of the sun by four Bf109's. Shot down near Celle in P-51B 43-12468. Baled out safely only to become the 1st...

  • George Barrett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost 14-June-45 Mid air collision in P-51 43-6686 10 miles East Orfordness Killed in Training (KIT). Awards: AM (2 OLC), PH.

  • Alfred Bierweiler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Training accident, carrying out a practice attack against a B-17 in P-51 44-11190 'Lady Ovella'. Crashed 5 miles East Ipswich. 21-May-45. Killed in Training (KIT). Awards: PH.

  • James Blanchard

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 1 x kill. Failed to Return (FTR) area support mission for 1st Airborne to Arnhem in P-51D 44-13741 'Buddy Boy', shot down by enemy fighters, Killed in Action (KIA) 19-Sep-44. MACR 8794. Awards: PH.

  • Louis Boudreaux

    Military | Sergeant
    Resided Lafayette County, Louisiana Enlisted 19 September 1942 Served with 357th Fighter Group Believed to have died of natural causes in U.K. sometime after 5th June 1944

  • Kirby Brown

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Halle, Germany shot down by flak near Uder in P-51 'Shady Lady' 44-13698. Parachuted safely, detained by civilians and executed, en route to interrogation, by SA officer Gerhard....

  • James Browning

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Jim Browning joined the Army Air Corps in Feb-42 and was given his wings on August 17, 1943. He joined the 363rd Fighter Squadron while it was still training in Nevada. He was assigned to Capt. ‘Bud’ Anderson’s flight and stayed with it during training...

  • Charles Campbell

    Military | Flying Officer | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in a training accident in P-51B 43-6999 Structural failure caused wing to detach, crashed Middleton, Nth of Leiston. 17-Aug-44. Awards: PH.

  • Darwin Carroll

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Last seen going down out of control on a bomber escort mission to the JU88 plant at Bernburg, Germany and crashed near Bernberg on 22-Feb-44 in P-51B 43-6576. MACR 2677. Awards: PH.

  • John Childs

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Argentan in P-51B 43-6563, hit in coolant system whilst strafing truck convoy, crashed near Mortagne Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5622. Awards: PH.

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Locations

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2021 18:46:19 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

Friends of Leiston Airfield Collection

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2017 11:05:59 Lucy May Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Shared with the American Air Museum by Peter Saunders, one of the founding members of the Friends of Leiston Airfield: http://www.friendsofleistonairfield.co.uk/
The document itself is the work of member Steve Page.

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