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Frederick H Lefebre

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Fred Lefebre served as a fighter pilot with the 351st Fighter Squadron of the 353rd Fighter Group, flying missions out of Raydon, England. He was one of the original Group who came over on the 'Queen Mary' and was Ops Officer in 1944, then Sqdn CO when they converted to the P-51 - his being named 'Willit Run'.

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  • Leonard Arnold

    Military | First Lieutenant | Ordnance and Armament Officer | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Ordnance and Armament Officer between Nov-44 and Jan-45. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Merlin Arnold

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot with the 353rd fighter group, 351st fighter squadron | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Baled out over English Channel, struck tailplane, chute did not open. 30-Mar-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (5OLC), PH.

  • Thomas Brock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Achmer A/D. Whilst strafing airdrome, hit in coolant system by return fire, bellied in Hopsten. Initially reported as MIA on 21-Mar...

  • Henry Carbonneau

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Flew with the 351st Fighter Squadron/353rd Fighter Group based at Raydon, Suffolk, England from 28-May-44 until Nov-44. On 8-Jun-44 Carbonneau shot down an Me109 for his only aerial victory. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arthur Carroll

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Returned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 2 x He 111, 1 x Fw 190. Ended Tour of...

  • Harold Chase

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 2 x kills, 1 x damaged [Air]. Credited with 4 x destroyed, 1 x damaged [Ground]. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gordon Compton

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Became squadron C/O after Lt Col Frederick H Lefebre. Compton was a squadron ace with 5 x kills, including the first of two ME262 aerial victories downed on 22 Feb 45 and a second one on 10-Apr-45. Made an emergency...

  • Bruce Eddy

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Achmer A/D Germany in P-51D 'Lil Boston Bull' 44-14569. Thought KIA crashed near Krefeld on 21-Mar-45, but later liberated Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 13955. ...

  • James Frye

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    On 15 Sept 1943, Frye undershot runway on landing on training flight to Ford at Susses in P-47 #42-8503, RTD. ...

  • Robert Hahn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 1 kill, 4 x destroyed and 1 x damaged on the ground. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    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...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

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Lived in Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 June 2022 09:32:35 Helen Changes to biography
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Jonah's Feet are Dry

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21 August 2019 14:41:40 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number
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Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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29 November 2017 11:44:42 Lucy May Changes to middlename, firstname, role, biography, events and media associations
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'Jonah's Feet Are Dry' / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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28 February 2017 20:52:32 dwgdallas Changes to media associations
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From the personal Collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

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28 February 2017 20:44:13 dwgdallas Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, person associations, unit associations and place associations
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From the personal Collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

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