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James G. Thorsen


CO 308th FS first and third combat tours
HQ 350th FG second combat tour
CO 79th FG post War Germany
Spitfire Mk VIII HL+B "Nightshade"
P-51D HL+B "Nightshade IV"
3 air kills plus 1 ME-262 damaged



  • Leland Molland

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander | 31st Fighter Group
    CO 308th FS 31st FG MTO ...

  • Henry Roche

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 31st Fighter Group
    Flight leader 308th FS 31st FG 3 ME-109s destroyed

  • Floyd Rodmyre

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 31st Fighter Group
    Flight leader 308th FS 31st FG flying Spitfire MK Vb, Mk VIIIHF & MK IX and the P-51B Mustang. ...

Units served with

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 350th Fighter Group

    350th Fighter Group

    The 350th Fighter Group was always intended to join the Twelfth Air Force in the North African campaign as a tactical fighter organisation, using P-39 Airacobras in ground attacks. The pilots flew practice missions from the UK before flying their...

  • 308th Fighter Squadron


  • VIII Fighter Command

    9 August 1942
    2 Spitfire Mk V from 31st Fighter Group are despatched on a defensive fighter patrol. 11 Spitfire Mk V from 31st Fighter Group are despatched to fly top cover on a feint "Rodeo" to Dieppe, France, a fighter sweep over enemy territory.

  • VIII Fighter Command

    15 August 1942
    2 Spitfire MK V from 31st Fighter Group are despatched on a convoy patrol. 12 Spitfire MK V are despatched on a feint sweep over the Dieppe/Etretat, France area.

  • VIII Fighter Command

    18 August 1942
    Fighter operations conducted by 31st Fighter Group using Spitfire aircraft: 13 despatched on "Circus 9", a daylight bomber attack with fighter escorts; 12 despatched on a patrol of the French coast; and 11 despatched to make a fighter sweep over the...

  • VIII Fighter Command

    19 August 1942
    31st Fighter Group despatches 123 Spitfires in support of the landings at Dieppe, France. 8 are lost. These are the first operations of VIII Fighter Command units under VIII Fighter Command control. ...

  • VIII Fighter Command

    16 September 1942
    1FG despatches 24 P-38s on a fighter sweep of the French coastline between Dieppe and Le Touquet, France.

Associated Place

  • Westhampnett

    Military site : airfield
    Acquired in 1938 as an Emergency Landing Ground for RAF Tangmere, Westhampnett was upgraded to satellite status in 1940. It had eventually three grass runways, 19 pan hardstandings, 32 small pens, and one T1 plus eight over-blister hangars. Occupied by...

  • San Severo

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Portland, OR, USA 24 March 1915
1st Victory 22 February 1944
2nd Victory 24 May 1944
Died Coconino County, AZ, USA 24 March 1950

Killed in P-47D crash near Bill Willians Mountain, AZ

Buried Portland, OR, USA 30 March 1950

River View Cemetery
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Sec 109, Lot 168, Grave 13


Date Contributor Update
25 November 2016 01:41:06 466thHistorian Changes to role, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2016 01:00:50 fugari Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations