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Vernon Virgil Murphy

Military

Assigned to 397FS, 368FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recon to Aachen in P-47
42-75416 21-Oct-44, chasing FW190 on the deck, hit by ground fire possibly friendly, A/C set afire, baled out Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 9785

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 368th Fighter Group

    368th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 368th Fighter Group flew P-47s in combat from England from March 1944. In the days after D-Day the Group supported Allied ground troops fighting in the Cherbourg penisula and then around St. Lo. The Group received a DUC for flying seven missions in...

  • 397th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-75416

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 397FS, 368FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recon to Aachen with Vernon V Murphy 21-Oct-44, chasing FW190 on the deck, hit by ground fire possibly friendly, A/C set afire and abandoned POW...

Associated Place

  • Chilbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as a grass airfield Relief Landing Ground for RAF Middle Wallop, Chilbolton was used as a fighter and Army Co-operation base during 1940-42. Enlarged and upgraded with a tarmac-surface hard perimeter track, some double blast pens and other...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Dougherty, OK 25 May 1921

Son of Gertrude Murphy.

Enlisted Los Angeles, CA 30 August 1942

Los Angeles, California

Based Chilbolton 1944 – 21 October 1944

Assigned to 397FS, 368FG, 9AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 21 October 1944

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2021 12:41:25 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/38221440
https://www.fold3.com/image/631889596
https://www.fold3.com/record/90887130/vernon-v-murphy-wwii-army-enlistme...

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