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John Loren Odegard


Loren was my uncle and he and my dad joined up at the same time. Loren introduced my mother to Claire (Loren was married to mom's sister). They both served flying P-38s in 55th FG but in different squadrons. Loren went on to fly P-51's in England and train pilots state side.



  • Claire Porter

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Claire Porter served as a P-38 pilot with the 343rd Fighter Squadron of the 55th Fighter Group. On 16 June 1944, while strafing gun emplacement, his P-38 #43-28713 was hit by flak and crashed near Oisemont. Porter survived and was taken as a Prisoner...

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Units served with

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training 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...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 388th Fighter Squadron
  • 554th Fighter Training Squadron


Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Event Location Date
Lived in Spokane, WA, USA


Date Contributor Update
31 March 2017 09:31:20 Lucy May Changes to service number, role, biography, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Brought in information from duplicate records. Sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / roster /
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2017 23:17:48 Apilotsproudson Changes to biography

More history D Craig Porter

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2017 23:15:18 Apilotsproudson Changes to biography

Family History By Craig Porter

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2017 23:09:18 Apilotsproudson Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role and person associations

Loren and Claire were brother in laws Loren was married to my mother (Claire's wife) I have the family history