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Thomas Charles Brock

Military

Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Achmer A/D. Whilst strafing airdrome, hit in coolant system by return fire, bellied in Hopsten. Initially reported as MIA on 21-Mar-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13223.

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Merlin Arnold

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot with the 353rd fighter group, 351st fighter squadron | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Baled out over English Channel, struck tailplane, chute did not open. 30-Mar-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (5OLC), PH.

  • Henry Carbonneau

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Flew with the 351st Fighter Squadron/353rd Fighter Group based at Raydon, Suffolk, England from 28-May-44 until Nov-44. On 8-Jun-44 Carbonneau shot down an Me109 for his only aerial victory. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harold Chase

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 2 x kills, 1 x damaged [Air]. Credited with 4 x destroyed, 1 x damaged [Ground]. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gordon Compton

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Became squadron C/O after Lt Col Frederick H Lefebre. Compton was a squadron ace with 5 x kills, including the first of two ME262 aerial victories downed on 22 Feb 45 and a second one on 10-Apr-45. Made an emergency...

  • Bruce Eddy

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Achmer A/D Germany in P-51D 'Lil Boston Bull' 44-14569. Thought KIA crashed near Krefeld on 21-Mar-45, but later liberated Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 13955. ...

  • James Frye

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    On 15 Sept 1943, Frye undershot runway on landing on training flight to Ford at Susses in P-47 #42-8503, RTD. ...

  • Lloyd Hally

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission Nijmegen in P-47 'Angel of Mercy' 42-22523 last seen pursuing a Fw190 down through the overcast over Arnhem. Shot down 21-Sep-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 9003. ...

  • Raymond Hartley

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    ex-319FS, 325th FG in Lesina, Italy [Dec-43 - Jun-44]. Assigned to HQ Sqn, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferrred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 3 x kills, 1 x damaged and 4 destroyed [Grd]. Awards: DFC, AM (24OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Raymond Hilgenberg

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter pilot with the 353rd fighter group, 351st fighter squadron | 353rd Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Feb, 24, 1945 near Vaassen in a replacement plane P-51 'Mr. Gary' #4414949, due to a ground loop which occurred three days prior. Three days earlier he had a similar incident that was as he was hit by AA fire while strafing in...

  • James Hinchey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot with the 353rd fighter group, 351st fighter squadron | 353rd Fighter Group
    Lt. James F. Hinchey flew P51D "Thunderbug" 44-14728 aircraft code YJ-I. Hinchey was credited with 3 confirmed air kills on January 14, 1945.

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron
  • 505th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

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...

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cook County, IL, USA 29 August 1923
Enlisted Chicago, IL, USA 30 October 1942
Based Fowlmere 19 September 1944 – 2 October 1944

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

Based Raydon 2 October 1944 – 21 March 1945

Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 21 December 1944

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Promotion Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 23 February 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

E/A Destroyed Tömmern, 49565 Bramsche, Germany 14 March 1945

Destroyed Me109 14-Mar-45 near Tommern, Germany.

Killed in action Hopsten, Germany 21 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Achmer A/D. Whilst strafing airdrome, hit in coolant system by return fire, bellied in Hopsten. Initially reported as MIA on 21-Mar-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13223.

Buried Oakwoods cemetery Chicago IL 1951

Re-Interred
Oakwoods cemetery
Chicago
Illinois

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2021 20:57:16 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/657003866
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/182771465/thomas-c-brock

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2017 10:38:11 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 13223 ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database ;
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Unit History

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2017 19:41:30 Al_Skiff Changes to firstname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
https://www.fold3.com/page/84459598_thomas_c%20brock/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/317746071/?terms=Thomas%20C%20Brock
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Brock&Submit=Search
https://www.fold3.com/image/29423958/?terms=Thomas%20C%20Brock
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Brock%2C+Thoma...

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2017 16:53:13 dwgdallas Changes to biography
Sources

The personal collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2017 15:14:57 dwgdallas Changes to person associations
Sources

From the Personal Collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2017 17:18:05 dwgdallas Changes to firstname, biography and unit associations
Sources

From the Personal collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2017 17:12:09 dwgdallas Changes to media associations
Sources

From the Personal collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13223

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