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William Wyatt Patton Jr of the 388th BG



  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 3rd Scouting Force

    3rd Scouting Force

    The 3rd Scouting Force was unique in that it operated P-51s and B-17s simultaneously, flying weather reconnaissance and escort missions for the 8th Air Force's Bomb Groups. ...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron


  • William Patton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    William Patton Jr was killed in action (KIA) on 15 January 1945 while flying weather recon in a P-51 Mustang in the 3rd Scouting Force detached to the 388th Bomb Group / 560th Bomb Squadron. Posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air...


  • 44-15331

    P-51 Mustang
    The plane was discovered in 2001, with pilot William W. Patton's remains. These were brought back to the USA. See the French website at :


  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...


Date Contributor Update
03 October 2014 16:50:43 Pyker Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations