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William S Davis


Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter 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...

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron
  • 363rd Fighter Squadron


  • 43-24823 'Old Crow' 'Berlin Express'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Clarence E Anderson. Re-assigned to Lt William B Overstreet. Re-assigned to Lt William H Fricker. Landing accident 30-May-45 - Lt. William S Davis.

Associated Place

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Lived in Camilla, GA 1942
Based 2 May 1944 – 5 July 1944

Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based 5 July 1944 – 18 July 1944

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

End Tour of Duty (ETD) 18 July 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Promotion June 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.


Date Contributor Update
15 December 2018 11:25:43 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, events and place associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:43 AAM AAM ingest

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