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Carl C Colson

Military

Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. End of War.

8-4-44 MACR Witness, 27-3-44 MACR Witness

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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. ...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 357th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 282 BOMBER ESCORT

    27 March 1944
    A combined force of 960 fighters of types: P-38; P-47 ad P-51 are despatched to provide escort to heavy bombers attacking 11 German airfields and air depots in France. 243 of the 960 are frunished by IX Fighter Command. The P-51 element also attacks...

Associated Place

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Lived in Cocoa, FL, USA 1941
Based Molesworth 1943 – May 1945

Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Molesworth, Huntingdon PE28 0QD, UK 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed Molesworth, Huntingdon PE28 0QD, UK 4 April 1944

Mid Air Collision Molesworth/Sta 107 Cat 3 damage Lt Carl C Colson, 4-Apr-44.

P-51C 42-103009 - 357FS 355FG 8AF

Promotion Molesworth, Huntingdon PE28 0QD, UK 1945

Promoted to Captain.

End of War Europe May 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2018 11:20:45 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

[Missing in Action (MIA) 07. 11. 43 Prisoner of War (POW)] - can find no trace of this entry, MACR's prove his participation in missions post this date.
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
http://aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Colson%2C+Carl+C&Subm...
https://www.fold3.com/image/29619868
https://www.fold3.com/image/28646172?terms=Carl%20C%20Colson

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:04 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

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