A crew chief of the 357th Fighter Group with a P-51 nicknamed "Cathy Mae II" flown by Dale E. Karger. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Crew Chief of Karger's plane.'
A P-51 Mustang nicknamed "Cathy Mae" of the 364th Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group flown by Dale E. Karger. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Karger's P-51. 357/364.'
Dale E Karger, from McKee’s Rocks, Pennsylvania was in one of the first groups of fighter pilots to be trained without the requirement of a college education. He took an series of tests in early 1943 and was one of the 300 applicants selected. After flight training in (to be edited later ) he was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lt. and arrived in England in August 1943. He was assigned to the 357th Fighter Group, 364th FS ( the Yoxford Boys ) at Station #373 at Leiston, Suffolk.
Call sign Greenhouse 48 he flew B and C models until he was awarded his own aircraft P-51 D C5*U, 44-15026 named Cathy Mae (L)/KARGER'S DOLLIE (R) which was lost 1/10/45 with pilot Lt. Fred McCall while strafing Paderborn airdrome.
Then flew P-51D C5*U, 44-42313 CATHY MAE II until the end of the war. Was credited with 7 1/2 air to air victories and 4 ground kills. He shot down an Me-262 on 1/20/45 north of Munich 3 weeks prior to his 20th birthday. This made him the youngest ace of the 357th, youngest surviving American ace of WW2, and 3rd youngest American ace overall.
List of victories
15/05/44 2 Fw190s
12/24/44 1 Me109
01/14/45 1 Me109
01/20/45 1 Me262
03/02/45 ½ Me109 Shared with Capt. Robt. Schimanski
2 Mistels, Fw190 “piggy backed “ on top or He-111s for 4 total ground kills
03/24/45 2 Me109s
AM w/ 9 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC/ ETO/ 2 DUC
Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 357th Fighter Group
Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Nine confirmed kills. Failed to Return (FTR) from bomber escort mission to Bernburg, section bounced out of the sun by four Bf109's. Shot down near Celle in P-51B 43-12468. Baled out safely only to become the 1st...
Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 357th Fighter Group
Clarence "Bud" Anderson enlisted shortly after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. He earned his pilots wing in September 1942 and joined the 357th Fighter Group a year later. In late 1943, Anderson and the 357th arrived in Europe, where they quickly...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 357th Fighter Group
28 missions from England from December 1944 until end of war. Served in Neubiberg, Germany, until March 1946.
Air Medals/ Unit Citation
Military | Major | Fighter Pilot ; Squadron Commander | 357th Fighter Group
Leonard Carson joined the 357th Fighter Group in April 1943 and shortly after became an Ace. He won most of his victories in his last few months with the 357th, claiming 5 aircraft on one mission on 27 November 1944, becoming their top scoring ACE...
Military | Brigadier General | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine | 357th Fighter Group
Native of Portland, Oregon.
Flew P-39 Airacobras with the 35th FG in New Guinea - 2 ground kills 1942-43.
Flew P-51B/Ds in ETO. Was CO of the 364th FS and Deputy CO of the 357th FG.
8.5 air kills.
B/G USAF retired.
Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
70 missions in ETO as P-51 pilot operations officer. Legal officer staff J. 4. Washington Air Guard.
DFC, AM, Dist. Unit Citation, 4 Battle Stars
6 Air, 4 Ground
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
11 total 8 air 3 ground
Military | Brigadier General | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
Attacked by fighters on a bomber support mission to Bordeaux, FR and crashed SE of Marmande, FR on 5 Mar 44 in P-51B #43-6763 'Glamorous Glen'. Evaded (EVD).
Units served with
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...
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...
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