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Major Richard A Peterson, Major Leonard "Kit" Carson, Major John B England and Second Lieutenant Clarence "Bud" Anderson, the highest scoring aces of the 357th Fighter Group.



  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter 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...


  • Clarence Anderson

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine
    Clarence "Bud" Anderson enlisted shortly after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. He earned his pilots wing in September 1942 and joined the 357th Fighter Group a year later. In late 1943, Anderson and the 357th arrived in Europe, where they quickly...

  • Leonard Carson

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot ; Squadron Commander
    Leonard Carson joined the 357th Fighter Group in April 1943 and shortly after became an Ace. He won most of his victories in his last few months with the 357th, claiming 5 aircraft on one mission on 27 November 1944, becoming their top scoring ACE...

  • John England

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    Flight leader 362nd FS 357th Fighter Group March 1943 - Feb. 1945 ...

  • Richard Peterson

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot; Operations Officer; Bomber Escort; Dean of 'Clobber College'
    Richard "Pete" Peterson served as a fighter pilot with the 357th Fighter Group. He flew P-51 'Hurry Home Honey'. ...


Date Contributor Update
24 May 2020 07:11:59 Juddallen Changes to caption

I simply updated the rank of Richard Peterson to Major. Bud Anderson may also have been a Major at that time, but I cannot confirm that myself.

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2014 14:44:21 Memory Book Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Image c/o Perry R Parker via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence