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Bobby Childers


Assigned to 360FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.

Post war: Served in Korean conflict rising to rank of Major.


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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 50th Fighter Group

    50th Fighter Group

    Before the build-up to D-Day, the group were based in the United States as part of the Fighter School Command and the Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics. In spring 1944 though, like so many other fighter and bomb groups, the 50th Fighter Group...

  • 313th Fighter Squadron
  • 359th Fighter Squadron
  • 360th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...


Event Location Date
Born San Patricio County, TX, USA 19 August 1918
Enlisted San Antonio, TX 78234, USA 26 April 1941

Fort Sam Houston

Crashed King City, CA, USA 2 June 1941

Landing Accident King City, CA Cat 3 damage 2Lt Bobby Childers, 2-Jun-41.

PT-17 41-1027 - ACTD

Crashed Orlando Executive Airport, 365 Rickenbacker Dr, Orlando, FL 32803, USA 22 December 1942

Landing Accident Orlando Air Base, FL Cat 3 damage 2Lt Bobby Childers, 22-Dec-42.

P-40E 41-24942 - 313FS 50FG

Based Martlesham Heath September 1944 – February 1945

Assigned to 360FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Martlesham Heath February 1945 – November 1945

Transferred to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK February 1945

Promoted to Major.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK November 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Enlisted United States 30 September 1951


Discharged United States 31 January 1967

Honorably discharged.

Died Ingleside, TX, USA 1 March 2002


Date Contributor Update
07 January 2018 20:14:16 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:43 AAM AAM ingest

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