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James Vere Cavender Jr

Military

Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards:

Post war: Earned a BS in Chemistry at Texas A&M University, subsequently entering a long career as a research chemist with Monsanto St. Louis, MO.

Service

Units served with

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 357th Fighter Squadron
  • 2nd Strategic Air Depot

Aircraft

  • 44-15684

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 43-7173

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, USAAF.

Associated Place

  • 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...

  • Warton

    Military site : airfield
    Built as a satellite airfield for Squires Gate, it was earmarked for US use even before America entered the Second World War. Its location made it ideal for use as a depot station, where incoming US aircraft could be processed and moved on to active...

Events

Event Location Date
Born San Antonio, TX, USA 10 October 1922

Son of James Vere and Augusta Bernadine [Kaiser] Cavender.

Lived in Bexar County, TX, USA 1941
Enlisted 53 Military Plaza, Universal City, TX 78148, USA 28 October 1942

Randolph Field
Texas

Based Steeple Morden 17 August 1944 – 9 November 1944

Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Warton 9 November 1944 – 9 December 1944

Detached Service to AAF Station 582 (Warton)

Promotion Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 9 November 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Returned Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 9 December 1944 – May 1945

Returned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

End of War Europe May 1945
Died Texas City, TX, USA 25 March 2012
Buried Webster, TX, USA 29 March 2012

Forest Park East Cemetery Webster
Harris County
TX

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2017 13:51:57 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/84844074-james-v-cavender-jr
https://www.fold3.com/record/286754888-james-v-cavender
https://www.fold3.com/image/201594228?terms=James%20V%20Cavender
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Cavender&Submit=Search
http://aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Cavender%2C+James&Sub...
http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=James-...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/87490825/james-vere-cavender

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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