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Billy B Booth

Military

Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 51 x missions. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Footage of Lt Booth's strafing missions - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcU8GHg03Kk

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. ...

  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    Group
    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 505th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-6862

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 551FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 370FS, 359FG 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 44-15427 'Billie'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Isabella County, MI, USA 18 May 1922
Lived in Blanchard, MI 49310, USA 1941
Enlisted Saginaw, MI, USA 21 October 1942
Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber DN19, UK 9 September 1944

Taxiing Accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Cat 3 damage Lt Billy B Booth, 9-Sep-44.

P-51B 43-6862W - 555FTS 496FTG 8AF

Based Fowlmere 26 September 1944 – 8 April 1945

Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Fowlmere, Royston SG8, UK 11 January 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) 8 April 1945

Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Buried Freeland, MI 48623, USA March 2010

Pine Grove Cemetery
Freeland
Saginaw County
Michigan, USA

Died Midland, MI, USA 7 March 2010

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2016 19:43:47 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=44-15427
https://www.fold3.com/page/84443353_billy_b%20booth/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/110866184_billy_b%20booth/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=85435402

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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