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Harry Frederick Cuzner Jr

Military

Element Leader Lt. Harry F. Cuzner Jr. enlisted in his hometown of Chicago, IL, on 10 August 1942. Assigned to the 369th Fighter Squadron on 29 December 1943, he flew 300 combat hours, completing his combat tour with the 359th Fighter Group on 6 September 1944.

Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. 300 x combat hours. Transferred to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars), UN and Korean medal.

Service

Units served with

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 369th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-106469

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-103793 'Dimples II' 'San'tone Sweetheart'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Harry F Cuzner. Re-assigned to Lt James R Parsons. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed fatally carrying out mock strafing attack during gunnery practice, flew into tree, ripping...

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...

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, IL, USA 22 November 1922
Enlisted Chicago, IL, USA 10 August 1942
Based East Wretham 29 December 1943 – 6 September 1944

Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 11 June 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Based Goxhill 6 September 1944

Transferred to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Santa Clara County, CA, USA 15 November 2010
Buried 22555 Cristo Rey Dr, Los Altos, CA 94024, USA December 2010

Gate Of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
Los Altos
Santa Clara County, CA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2022 11:48:58 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and unit associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/70170187/harry-frederick-cuzner

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2019 13:31:34 Emily Changes to biography
Sources

Transferred biography by Janet Fogg, 359th Fighter Group Historian from media record

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2018 18:33:40 Al_Skiff Changes to service number and events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk
https://www.fold3.com/page/84406159-harry-f-cuzner-jr/facts
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/70170187/harry-frederick-cuzner

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2018 18:28:42 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/70170187/harry-frederick-cuzner

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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