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Paul Henry Bateman


Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 3 x kills [Air], 2 destroyed [Ground]. ETD. Transferred to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. 301.5 hrs operational flying time.

Awards: DFC (2 OLC), AM (3 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


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...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 370th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-106926

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Paul H Bateman.

Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • 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 Hartsville, SC 29550, USA 29 December 1919

Son of Roland Otis and Janie M [Tyner] Bateman.

Lived in Rockingham, NC 28379, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort Bragg, NC, USA 18 March 1942

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Based East Wretham April 1943 – 11 July 1944

Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Signature Flight Support BED - Bedford L.G. Hanscom Field, 180 Hanscom Dr, Bedford, MA 01730, USA 5 May 1943

Landing Accident Ground Loop Bedford AAF, MA Cat 4 damage Lt Paul H Bateman, 5-May-43.

P-47D 42-8223 - 370FS 359FG.

Promotion Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 17 April 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

E/A Destroyed 2 Germany 19 May 1944

1 x Fw190 and 1 x Me109 destroyed in one mission. 19-May-44.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 6 July 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Transferred Atcham, Shrewsbury, UK 11 July 1944 – 1945

Transferred to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Died St Johns County, FL, USA 22 June 1991
Buried Craig Memorial Park Saint Augustine St. Johns County FL July 1991

Craig Memorial Park
Saint Augustine
St. Johns County
Florida, USA.


Date Contributor Update
26 April 2021 13:50:41 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2017 15:03:13 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Unit History

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2016 13:38:03 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Richmond County Journal 22nd June1944

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2016 11:03:47 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Richmond County Journal 22 June 1944.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:13 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list