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Vincent J Andra

Military

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time crew chief for Colonel Louis 'Red Dog'Norley. Assigned to participate in Op FRANTIC II, the Russia Shuttle mission. The B-17 he was assigned to was involved in a taxi accident, heading to the runway and was scrubbed from the mission.

Awards: AM, EAME (6 Battle stars), WWII Victory, Good Conduct.

Service

People

  • Louis Norley

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Lois Norley was from Conrad, Montana. He was assigned to the 4th Fighter Group, 336th Squadron, on 10 July 1943. it did not take long for him to acquire the nickname "Red Dog", not because his red hair, but for his propensity to lose money playing Red...

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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. ...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

Aircraft

  • 43-6898 'The Deacon'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of Capt Howard "Deacon" Hively. A/C Lost, shot down in melee with fifteen plus enemy aircraft 6-Jun-44 Evreux, France, pilot Major Winslow M "Mike" Sobanski KIA. MACR 5603.

  • 44-15347 'The Deacon'

    P-51 Mustang
    This was the only olive drab P-51D Mustang in the 4th Fighter Group. ...

  • 41-6576 The DEACON

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 44-73108 'Red Dog XII' 'Ole V'

    P-51 Mustang
    This was the last P-51D Mustang assigned to Major Louis H Norley, Commanding Officer of the 334th Fighter Squadron. Transferred to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-7874 'The Deacon'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG 8AF USAAF. Aircraft caught fire while on a test flight 2-Dec-43. Witnesses reported seeing the Thunderbolt dive into the ground at an angle of 30°-40° and disintegrate on impact. Pilot F/O John P McNabb KIFA.

  • 44-13306

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Missions

  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ellinwood, KS 67526, USA 5 August 1922

Son of Frank Joseph and Margaret [Arensdorf] Andra.

Enlisted 881 McClellan Ave, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027, USA 30 July 1942

Fort Leavenworth
Kansas

Based Debden February 1943 – 26 August 1945

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Debden, Loughton IG10 3SW, UK 1 April 1943

Promoted to Sergeant.

Promotion Debden, Loughton IG10 3SW, UK 1 May 1943

Promoted to Staff Sergeant.

Buried Dodge City, KS 67801, USA February 1997

Maple Grove Cemetery
Dodge City
Ford County
Kansas, USA

Died Dodge City, KS 67801, USA 2 February 1997

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2017 20:19:25 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84599200_vincent_j%20andra/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/68164121_vincent_j%20andra/details/
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_an...
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=104640598

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2015 18:12:11 apollo11 Changes to highest rank, role, biography, person associations and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

'1000 Destroyed' by Capt. Grover C. Hall, Jr. / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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