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Harley E Berndt


Assigned to 39FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. 16 missions, 78 hours. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


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. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 369th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Event Location Date
Born Marathon County, WI, USA 15 March 1923
Lived in Wisconsin, USA 1941
Enlisted Marshfield, WI, USA 25 November 1942
Crashed Page Field, 5200 Captain Channing Page Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33907, USA 10 December 1944

Landing Accident Page Fld (Ft Myers) F/O Harley E Berndt, 10-Dec-44.

P-40N 43-24743 338AAFBU 3AF

Based East Wretham 23 January 1945 – 10 August 1945

Assigned to 39FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) 10 August 1945

Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died Middleton, WI, USA 29 May 2011


Date Contributor Update
07 November 2016 11:51:21 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2016 11:45:59 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:51 AAM AAM ingest

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