Lt. Olin C. Everhart of Wenatchee, WA, enlisted in Seattle on 11 December 1941. Assigned to the 368th Fighter Squadron on 15 February 1945, he flew 12 combat missions and earned one aerial victory before completing his tour of duty with the 359th Fighter Group on 21 July 1945.
On April 3rd  Lt. Col. Cranfill again led the [368th] squadron, furnishing support for the 2nd ATF, 1st AD. The target was Kiel. There was 10/10ths overcast over the target area so we were unable to see the bombing results. At 1630 in the vicinity of Flensburg, Capt. George A. Doersch’s flight bounced a flight of two A/C later identified as P-51s with yellow noses and checkerboard red and white tails. As Capt. Doersch bounced these A/C, three E/A, believed to be Me 262s, camouflaged and with German markings, got on his tail. Lt. Olin C. Everhart, who was flying number 4 position, got in a burst at short range on one of these E/A and knocked it down. A silver P-51 was also seen to go into a flat spin at 25,000 feet and tumble to 20,000 feet. All our ships returned safely to base
On his 12th operational flight on 3 April 1945, Everhart was flying as part of Yellow flight. Yellow Flight mistook friendly P-51s of the 3rd Scouting force for enemy aircraft firing upon them.
Everhart shot down the aircraft flown by Lt John Stein which went into a flat spin at 14,000 feet, before losing its right wing and then crashing.
After the mission Everhart claimed he had destroyed an ME 262, but this was not awarded. Everhart flew his 13th Mission the following day, 4 April 1945 but flew no more after that.
Feb. -July 1945
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF, and earning two aerial victories, Lt. Boyd N. Adkins Jr. of Stiltner, WV, flew 69 combat missions with the 368th FS, 359th FG, from September 1944 through April 1945. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).
Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
On 3 April 1945 Boussu was part of a friendly fire incident where yellow flight engaged and fired upon P-51s of the 3rd Scouting Force, after mistaking them for enemy aircraft.
Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
On 3 April 1945 Levitt was part of a friendly fire incident where yellow flight engaged and fired upon P-51s of the 3rd Scouting Force, after mistaking them for enemy aircraft.
Jan. -July 1945
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot; Fighter Pilot | 3rd Scouting Force
On April 3, 1945, Stein was escorting bombers to Kiel, Germany when his scouting flight was engaged and fired on by friendly P-51s of the 359th Fighter Group. Stein's aircraft was hit and went into a flat spin at 14,000 feet. The right wing came off,...
Units served with
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...
Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.
Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.
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