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William G Craig


Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Assigned to HQ Sqn, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Flew P-47s in 69 missions for 207 combat hours; Assistant Operations Officer.

Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with


  • 42-8568 'The Bloody Shaft'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed on takeoff 28 May 44 - Lt. William G Craig.

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 Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania 18 December 1921
Lived in Williamsburg, PA 16693, USA 1941
Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA, USA 29 January 1942
Pilot training Douglas, GA, USA 1943

Primary Flight training - Douglas, GA.

Pilot training Greenville, MS, USA 1943

Basic Flight training - Greenville, MS.

Pilot training Marianna, FL, USA 1943

Advanced Flight training - Marianna, FL.

Pilot training Westover Airport, 255 Padgette St, Chicopee, MA 01022, USA 1943

Fighter familiarisation - Westover Field.

Based Martlesham Heath March 1943 – September 1944

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

Promotion Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK January 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 28 May 1944

Crashed on takeoff 28-May-44 Lt William G Craig.

P-47D 42-8568 - 359FS 356FG 8AF

Based Martlesham Heath September 1944 – December 1944

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Casselberry, FL, USA 30 May 2007


Date Contributor Update
03 August 2018 20:43:36 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 18:28:04 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / self