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Earl H Bond

Military

Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. At the start of a mission, two fighters in formation ahead of Lt Bond collided in overcast conditions and crashed. It is probable the midair collision sent debris towards Lt Bond's plane, causing it to crash near Hethel 8-Mar-44. Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 486th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-8652 'The Bid'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost 8-Mar-44 while flying formation with four P-47D's was involved in a mid-air collision near Hethel. Pilot 1st Lt Earl H Bond Killed in Action (KIA).

Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pennsylvania, USA 1919

Son of Paul William And Lillie May [Reifinger] Bond.

Enlisted Philadelphia, PA, USA 29 January 1942
Crashed Westover Air Reserve Base, 57 Patriot Ave, Chicopee, MA 01022, USA 9 June 1943

Landing Accident Ground Collision Westover Field, MA Cat 3 damage 2Lt Earl H Bond, 9-Jun-43.

P-47B 41-5979 - 321FS 326FG

Based Bodney November 1943 – 8 March 1944

Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 12 December 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Buried March 1944

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

Died Hethel, Norwich NR14, UK 8 March 1944

At the start of a mission, two fighters in formation ahead of Lt Bond collided in overcast conditions and crashed. It is probable the midair collision sent debris towards Lt Bond's plane, causing it to crash near Hethel 8-Mar-44. Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried Mertztown, PA 19539, USA July 1948

Re-Interred
Longswamp Union Cemetery
Mertztown
Berks County
Pennsylvania
USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2016 20:37:08 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-8652
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Bond%2C+Earl+H
https://www.fold3.com/page/83764820_earl_h%20bond/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=58829356

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Unit history, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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