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John Brooke England


Flight leader 362nd FS 357th Fighter Group March 1943 - Feb. 1945
2nd ranked ace of the 357th FG - 17.5 air kills plus 1 by strafing 108 combat missions
Following the War England remained with the US Air Force, training fighter pilots. He formed an all-red Mustang display team called "The Red Devils" and later flew six missions over Korea. In 1953 he was transferred to Alexandria Air Force Base in Lousiana to fly the F-86 Sabre. He was killed has CO of the 389th FBS when the F-86F Sabre he was flying crashed during landing at Toul Air Base, France on Nov. 17, 1954.
England AFB. LA is named in his honor and he is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

In Memoriam

'Captain John England, 362nd Fighter Squadron, 357 Fighter Group, Leiston, England. He flew P-51B (U've Had It) P-51D (Missouri Armada) 17.5 Victories'
Remembered By Perry R Parker, Saint Louis, MO.


Units served with

  • 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...

  • 362nd Fighter Squadron


  • 44-13735 “U’ve Had It” "Toolin' Fool"

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort Merseburg. Engaged Me109 vicinity Naumburg during combat manoeuvre port wing seen to detach, A/C spinning to earth and exploding, no parachute...

  • 44-13738 'Joker'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost in crash-landing Leiston 30-Sep-44 - Capt Harold A Wyatt.

Associated Place

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

  • Alexandria Army Air Base

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Caruthersville, Missouri 15 January 1923
Enlisted Sikeston, MO 1 April 1942
Aerial Victory near Manheim, Germany 13 April 1944

1- FW 190

Aerial Victories north of Augsburg, Germany 24 April 1944

3 - Bf 110

Aerial Victory north of Stasbourg, France 27 May 1944

1- Bf 109

Aerial Victories in the vicinity of Halle, Germany 13 September 1944

3 - Bf 109

Aerial Victories Berlin, Germany 6 October 1944

2 - Bf 109

Aerial Victories in the vicinity of Magdeburg, Germany 27 November 1944

4- FW 190

Died Toul-Rosières Air Base, France 17 November 1954


Funeral services for Lt. Col. John B. England, 31, killed in the crash of a jet plane in France, November 17, were held in Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, November 30.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh England, also J.R. Hutchison and Jack Hutchison attended the service, going by plane from Memphis.
Col. England was born in Caruthersville and entered cadet training in 1942, receiving his commission the following year. During World War II he became an ace fighter pilot by destroying 19 German planes. At the time of his death he was commanding officer of the 389th Fighter Bomber Squadron and was returning from a routine training flight when the accident occurred.
Survivors in addition to his parents are his wife, Marilyn, and three children who live in Alexandria, La., where he was formerly stationed and a brother, George England, of Detroit, Mich., who also attended the funeral service.
Democrat Argus - Caruthersville, Missouri - Friday, December 3, 195

Buried 30 November 1954

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Add to Map
Sec: 6, Site: 5810-B


Date Contributor Update
01 May 2020 01:47:44 466thHistorian Changes to events

Corrected date of death

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"Mustang Aces of he 357th Fighter Group - Chris Bucholtz, pages 17,18,21,22,23,27,28,40-41,42-43,48, 65-66

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06 October 2017 00:28:36 fugari Changes to nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events and place associations

JCook Photo Collection & Archives

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25 November 2014 15:11:32 Emily Changes to memoriam

Perry R Parker, via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.

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07 October 2014 11:40:26 Emily Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, awards, events, place associations and aircraft associations

Freeman, The Mighty Eighth, p. 278.

Hess, America's Top Eighth Air Force Aces in Their Own Words, pp. 68-69.

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27 September 2014 18:15:41 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Fighter Aces of the U. S. A., Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force and Aces and Wingmen II / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list