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An Ace credited with downing 11 enemy aircraft, Major Rockford V. Gray served as the first squadron commander of the 369th Fighter Squadron. From Dallas, TX, "Rocky" flew with the 359th FG from March 1943 through October 1943, transferred to HQ, and then to the 365th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force, on 19 February 1944. Major Gray was KIA while flying with the 365th FG.

Connections

Units

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 365th Fighter Group

    365th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in December 1943 as part of the Ninth Air Force. Flying P-47s, the Group took part in missions over northern France designed to weaken Germany's ability to repulse the planned Allied invasion of summer 1944. After the...

  • 369th Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters (359th Fighter Group)

People

  • Rockford Gray

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    March-Oct. 1943, to HQ, later to 9th AF and Killed in Action (KIA)

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2019 14:29:41 Janet Fogg Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Photo courtesy Paul D. Bruns.
Archived by Char Baldridge, Historian, 359th Fighter Group Association.
Posted by Janet Fogg, 359th Fighter Group Historian.

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