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Marvin Hubert Castleberry

Military

Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF. Re-assigned to 2nd Scout Force, 8AF. Credited 1 x Me262 kill. Transferred 4th Fighter Group. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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...

  • 2nd Scouting Force
  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • 354th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-11341 'Sweet Stuff'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 2SF, 8AF USAAF. Crash landed at RAF Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire, 8-Jan-45. Pilot Lt Marvin H Castleberry survived but aircraft was destroyed.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Baldwyn, MS, USA 23 January 1920

Son of Elmer Prentiss and Roxie Ann [Newell] Castleberry.

Enlisted Jackson, MS, USA 29 July 1942
Based Steeple Morden 31 October 1944 – 1 December 1944

Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF.

Promotion Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK December 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Based Steeple Morden 1 December 1944 – 3 July 1945

Transferred to 2nd Scout Force, 8AF.

Crash landed Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 8 January 1945

Crash landed RAF Steeple Morden, 8-Jan-45 in P-51 44-11341 'Sweet Stuff'. Pilot Lt M H Castleberry survived but aircraft was destroyed.

E/A Destroyed Brunswick, Germany 31 March 1945

Me262 destroyed SW Brunswick 31-Mar-45.

Based Debden 3 July 1945 – 25 July 1945

Transferred 4FG, 8AF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 25 July 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Buried 12397, Hwy 11 Srv Rd, Poplarville, MS 39470, United States March 2008

Poplarville Cemetery
Poplarville
Pearl River County, MS

Died Pearl River County, MS, USA 15 March 2008

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2017 20:47:39 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84018262-marvin-h-castleberry/facts
https://www.fold3.com/record/81931071-marvin-h-castleberry
https://www.fold3.com/image/187852947?terms=Marvin%20H%20Castleberry
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Castleberry&Submit=Se...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Castleberry%2C+Ma...
http://www.spitfireperformance.com/mustang/combat-reports/355-castleberr...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/74819178/marvin-hubert-castleberry

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2017 20:41:38 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84018262-marvin-h-castleberry/facts
https://www.fold3.com/record/81931071-marvin-h-castleberry
https://www.fold3.com/image/187852947?terms=Marvin%20H%20Castleberry
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Castleberry&Submit=Se...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Castleberry%2C+Ma...
http://www.spitfireperformance.com/mustang/combat-reports/355-castleberr...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/74819178/marvin-hubert-castleberry

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2017 13:21:51 Lucy May Changes to place associations
Sources

1996 355TH FG Assoc. Directory / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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