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Lawrence Aldine Bearden


Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA). 10-Aug-44.

Awards: PH.


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. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 369th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-103797 "Darlin' Earline"

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Ferris C Suttle Jr. Lost in flying accident pilot 2nd Lt Lawrence A Bearden. Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA). 10-Aug-44.

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Event Location Date
Born Westminster, SC 29693, USA 9 June 1924
Lived in Greensboro, North Carolina 1941
Enlisted North Carolina, USA 1942
Buried August 1944

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial.

Died Garboldisham, Diss IP22, UK 10 August 1944

Crashed in P-51C 42-103797 Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA). 10-Aug-44.


Date Contributor Update
12 October 2016 19:55:10 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2015 15:44:36 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:11 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