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S/Sgt. Charles L. Bosken, crew chief, and Lt. John L. Downing of the 359th Fighter Group on wing of "Big Dog" P-47D CS-I 42-75091




  • Charles Bosken

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Crew Chief

  • John Downing

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Lt. John L. Downing joined HQ in April 1943, transferring to the 370th Fighter Squadron on 2 March 1944, then returned to HQ in May 1944. He was then assigned to the 496th FTG on 7 August 1944. Lt. Downing flew 83 combat missions with the 359th Fighter...


  • 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
17 June 2019 13:01:03 Emily Changes to caption

Transferred Downing's biography to person record

Date Contributor Update
15 June 2019 19:36:47 Janet Fogg Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Archived by Char Baldridge, Historian, 359th Fighter Group Association, from records at HQ USAF Research Center, Maxwell Air Force Base.
Posted by Janet Fogg, 359th Fighter Group Historian.