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Joe Bryant Ayers

Military

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) at Luisendorf in P-51 'Helen of Troy III' 42-106901 MACR 9237.

Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 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. ...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 487th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bedford, TN 8 November 1921
Lived in Birmingham, MI, USA 1941
Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 5 December 1943

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Assigned Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 12 June 1944 – 23 September 1944

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 2 August 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Killed in Action (KIA) Louisendorf, 35110 Frankenau, Germany 23 September 1944

Killed in Action (KIA) at Luisendorf in P-51 'Helen of Troy III' 42-106901. MACR 9237.

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery 1946

Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands
Plot H Row 18 Grave 8

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2021 17:10:29 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, firstname, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310763789
https://www.fold3.com/record/529868049/joe-b-ayers-american-battle-monum...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56296437/joe-bryant-ayers

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 11:05:24 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- MACR 9237;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
01 August 2016 21:46:59 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Ayers%2C+Joseph
https://www.fold3.com/image/28724021

Date Contributor Update
01 August 2016 21:29:22 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename
Sources

Corrected middle initial.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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