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Gordon Bryan Compton

Military

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 landing at Metfield after losing power on a local test flight in P-47D 42-75702 28-Feb-44. RTD May 1944 after recovering from crash burns and head injury at the 65th General Hospital at Redgrave Park, Suffolk, England. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

0.25 two Fw190s dam grd 22/2/44; Fw190 dest grd, Ju88 dest air 22/2/44; 0.5 Me109 dest air 7/6/44; Fw190 dest air 8/6/44; 0.5 He111 dam grd 20/6/44; Ju52 dest grd 24/6/44; two Ju88 dest grnd, one t/e dam grd 18/11/44; Fw190 dest air 27/11/44; Me262 dest air 22/2/45; Ar234 dest grd 21/3/45; three Me410s, one Me110 dest grd 5/4/45; Me262 dest air 10/4/45; two Ju88s, two Ju188, one t/e all dest on grd, three t/e dam on grd 16/4/45.

Awards: DFC (2OLC), AM (22OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (4 x Battle Stars).

Service

People

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lloyd Hally

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission Nijmegen in P-47 'Angel of Mercy' 42-22523 last seen pursuing a Fw190 down through the overcast over Arnhem. Shot down 21-Sep-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 9003. ...

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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

Aircraft

  • 42-75702

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-8457

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 487FS, 352FG 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 44-14893 Little Bouncer / Lil' Boston Bull

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned a/c of Capt. Gordon B. Compton, Also used by 1Lt. Raymond Hilgenberg who flew combat missions in YJ-O/ 44-14893 "Little Bouncer" on Nov. 29th, 1944, Nov. 30th, 1944, Dec. 2nd, 1944.

  • 42-25702 'Big Bouncer'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

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

Event Location Date
Born Dallas, TX, USA 7 October 1921
Enlisted Dallas, TX, USA 24 January 1942
Promotion Raydon, Ipswich IP7 5LL, UK October 1942

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Based Raydon 20 October 1942 – August 1945

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Metfield, Harleston IP20 0LH, UK 28 February 1944

Crashed due to Engine Failure Metfield/Sta 366 Cat 5 Capt Gordon B Compton, 28-Feb-44

P-47D 42-75702 - 351FS 353FG 8AF

Promotion Raydon, UK August 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Promotion Raydon, Ipswich IP7 5LL, UK 29 April 1945

Promoted to Major.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK August 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD)

Died Wichita, KS, USA 6 February 2003
Buried 11800 West Highway 54, Wichita, KS 67209, United States March 2003

Resthaven Gardens of Memory Wichita
Sedgwick County, KS

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2021 12:49:49 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and awards
Sources

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/133358373
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35843839/gordon-b-compton

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2021 05:21:26 Katy Carter Changes to biography and events
Sources

Source: mission reports in the 353rd FG Archive.

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2021 04:47:01 Katy Carter Changes to highest rank
Sources

Gordon B. Compton's DD 214 is in my possession. He was my father.

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2021 04:45:57 Katy Carter Changes to middlename and nickname
Sources

Gordon B. Compton's birth certificate is in my possession. He is my father and was known as GB within his family and close friends.

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2018 17:54:47 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank and events
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35843839/gordon-b-compton

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2017 11:48:53 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84756199-gordon-b-compton/facts
https://www.fold3.com/image/131501026?terms=Gordon%20B%20Compton
https://www.fold3.com/record/60883177-gordon-b-compton
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Compton%2C+Gordon...
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Compton&Submit=Search
https://353rdfightergroup.wordpress.com/351st-fs/
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35843839/gordon-b-compton

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2017 11:46:19 Al_Skiff Changes to firstname, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84756199-gordon-b-compton/facts
https://www.fold3.com/image/131501026?terms=Gordon%20B%20Compton
https://www.fold3.com/record/60883177-gordon-b-compton
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Compton%2C+Gordon...
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Compton&Submit=Search
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35843839/gordon-b-compton

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2017 20:26:06 dwgdallas Changes to media associations
Sources

From the Personal collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2017 20:24:52 dwgdallas Changes to media associations
Sources

From the Personal collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2017 17:00:06 dwgdallas Changes to firstname, highest rank, role, person associations and place associations
Sources

From the personal Collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2017 16:58:15 dwgdallas Changes to media associations
Sources

From the personal Collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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