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Harold J Rau


CO 356th FG Feb. 1943-Nov. 1943
CO 20th FG March 1944-Dec. 1944
275 combat hours
1 air kill (ME-109) + 4 ground kills (1 x JU-52 + 2 x HE-111 + 2 x ME-110)
While in England Col Rau adopted a yellow lab which he named 'Honey' which he took home with him in 1945.


Units served with

  • 65th Fighter Wing

    65th Fighter Wing

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  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron (20th Fighter Group)


Associated Place

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...


Event Location Date
Born 16 June 1910
Enlisted Langley AFB, Hampton, VA, USA January 1929
given command of the 20th FG King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8, UK March 1944
Died 17 November 1974
Buried 22 November 1974

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec: 10, Site: 11439


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14 July 2017 19:47:27 fugari Changes to media associations

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