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John Aitken Jr


First tour of operations in the Mediterranean flying Spitfires in the 2FS, 52FG, 15AF USAAF as a Lieutenant. Credited with two victories and one shared in 1943. For second tour, assigned to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with three aerial victories. Completed tour of duty (ETD) 2-Oct-44.


Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 52nd Fighter Group

    52nd Fighter Group

    Two of the Squadrons of the 52nd Fighter Group flew Spitfires with RAF Fighter Command in August and early September 1942 from Northern Ireland. After these preparatory missions, the Group joined the Twelfth and then Fifteenth Air Force in the...

  • 503rd Fighter Squadron


  • 44-14004 'Annie May'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major John Aitken Jr. Re-assigned to Capt Robert H Ammon. Lost in take-off accident. 18-Nov-44. Lt Elmer E Haidle killed in Action KIA.

Associated Place

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...


Event Location Date
Born Georgia, USA 1918
Lived in Elberton, GA 30635, USA 1940
Enlisted Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA 30310, USA 12 July 1941

Fort McPherson

Crashed Fort Myers, FL, USA 20 August 1943

Belly Landing due to Mechanical Failure Fort Myers AAF Florida Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt John Jr Aitken, 20-Aug-43.

P-47D 42-74919 - 15FS 53FG

Assigned Fowlmere, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 25 May 1944 – 2 October 1944

Assigned to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Fowlmere, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 8 June 1944

Promoted to Major.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 2 October 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).


Date Contributor Update
28 June 2016 23:17:08 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:23 AAM AAM ingest

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