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Lt. Paul H. Bateman enlisted on 18 March 1942 at Fort Bragg, NC. Assigned to the 370th Fighter Squadron in April 1943, he completed his combat tour of duty in July 1944 with 301-1/2 hours and 1-3/4 aerial victories and 1-1/3 ground. Aircraft included P-51B CS-O 42-106926.



  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 370th Fighter Squadron


  • Paul Bateman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 3 x kills [Air], 2 destroyed [Ground]. ETD. Transferred to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. 301.5 hrs operational flying time. Awards: DFC (2 OLC), AM (3 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 42-106926

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Paul H Bateman.


  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Date Contributor Update
14 May 2019 19:22:42 Janet Fogg Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Photo courtesy Anthony Chardella.
Archived by Char Baldridge, Historian, 359th Fighter Group Association.
Posted by Janet Fogg, 359th Fighter Group Historian.