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Victor Eugene Bocquin

Military

Assigned to 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 5 x kills, including 3 x Fw190's in a day. Completed Tour Duty (ETD).

Awards: SS, DFC, BS, AM (3OLC), LoM, GC, EAME (3 Battle Stars), WWII Victory.

Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean and Vietnam wars, rising to Colonel.

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. ...

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 376th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-106627 "Germicide"

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to Lt. Victor E. Bocquin and shared by 2Lt. Leo H. Lamb who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

  • 42-106638 'Impatient Virgin?' 'Eva'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Flown by Victor E Bocquin. Also assigned to Lt John B Bricker. Abandoned due to engine failure, crashed 5 miles south of Downham Market.

  • 44-14165 'Small Fry IV'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Jimmy C Wright. Also flown by Lt Victor E Bocquin.

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...

  • Bottisham

    Military site : airfield
    The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lyon County, KS, USA 31 March 1922

Son of Peter Francis and Mary L [Barnett] Bocquin.

Lived in Reading, KS 66868, USA 1942
Enlisted Fort Riley, KS, USA 10 July 1942

Fort Riley, Kansas

Based Atcham 1944 – 9 April 1944

Assigned to 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Bottisham 9 April 1944 – November 1944

Transferred to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK July 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

E/A Destroyed 1 (ground) 4 August 1944

1 Ju-88 destroyed, 1 Ju-88 damaged while flying AC# 42-106627 over Anklan a/d Germany.

E/A Destoyed 1 (air) 10 miles NW of Magdeburg; CAVU. 12 September 1944

One ME-109 while flying AC# 44-1416547 (E9-Q)

E/A Destroyed 3 (air) Kassel, Germany 27 September 1944

3 x Fw190's destroyed Kassel 27-Sep-44. AC# 44-1416547 (E9-Q)

Promotion Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK 26 October 1944

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour Duty (ETD) England, UK November 1944

Completed Tour Duty (ETD).

Died San Antonio, TX, USA 22 July 1990
Buried Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX 26 July 1990

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Plot: 16, 0, 2479

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2021 09:25:18 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/636685536
https://www.fold3.com/record/711719899/bocquin-victor-eugene-u-s-veteran...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/380064/victor-eugene-bocquin

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2017 20:01:48 Bruce E. Bocquin Changes to awards
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updated media

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2017 19:12:10 Bruce E. Bocquin Changes to biography
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Revise awards portion of biography to only reflect WW-II service.

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2017 19:08:52 Bruce E. Bocquin Changes to highest rank and role
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To avoid confusion, revised rank and awards to only reflect WW-II service

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2017 18:59:39 Bruce E. Bocquin Changes to awards and media associations
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Revision: only awards from WW-II (source: 201 file.)

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2017 18:13:00 Bruce E. Bocquin Changes to events
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From combat action report; AC# added

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2017 17:35:46 Bruce E. Bocquin Changes to events
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From Army Air Corps strafing report.

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2017 17:29:27 Bruce E. Bocquin Changes to events
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From Army Air Corps documents: Combat Report & Strafing Report.

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2017 17:23:34 Bruce E. Bocquin Changes to events and media associations
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From combat action report

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2017 17:06:20 Bruce E. Bocquin Changes to media associations
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Photographs were scanned from the originals.

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2017 17:02:02 Bruce E. Bocquin Changes to nickname
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Based on personal letters with Robert Volkman, 2003.

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2017 16:21:18 Bruce E. Bocquin Changes to awards and aircraft associations
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Aircraft are based on only on documented combat & strafing reports.

Awards are from his USAF personnel file.

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2016 15:18:54 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Bocquin&Submit=Se...
https://www.fold3.com/page/84633848_victor_e%20bocquin/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=380064

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2015 20:44:54 466thHistorian Changes to aircraft associations
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Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2015 20:43:33 466thHistorian Changes to aircraft associations
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Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2015 20:35:24 466thHistorian Changes to role, awards, events, place associations and media associations
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findagrave.com
mooseroots.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:27 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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