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James Pascal Austin


Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 354th Fighter Squadron


  • 43-6938

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt James P Austin. Failed to Return (FTR) Ramrod mission. Bounced out of the sun by 15+ Fw190's, A/c shot down in ensuing melee. 19-Jul-44 - Lt Warren A Schwab POW. MACR 6838.

Associated Place

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


Event Location Date
Born Archibald, LA 71259, USA 29 August 1919

Son of Oscar and Maggie Austin.

Lived in Mangham, LA 71259, USA 1941
Enlisted Jackson, MS, USA 14 March 1942
Assigned Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 21 January 1943 – 31 July 1944

Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Mid Air Collision Millville Airport, 104 Leddon St, Millville, NJ 08332, USA 18 May 1943

Mid Air Collision Millville AAB, NJ Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt James P Austin, 18-May-43.

RP-47C 41-6648 - 354FS 355FG.

Promoted Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Transferred Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber DN19, UK 1 August 1944

Transferred to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK September 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Buried Mangham, LA 71259, USA December 2008

Gwin Memorial Cemetery
Richland Parish
Louisiana, USA

Died Monroe, LA, USA 18 December 2008


Date Contributor Update
01 August 2016 11:05:25 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:48 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list