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The 323rd Bombardment Group was stationed at Chartres Airdrome from September 21, 1944 thorugh October 12, 1944.

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  • 98th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 323rd Bomb Group

    323rd Bomb Group

    The 323rd Bombardment Group operated with B-26 Marauders, American medium bombers. They were the first Eighth Air Force Group to fly a medium level bombing mission with this aircraft on 16 July 1943. After flying a total of 33 missions with the Eighth,...

  • 368th Fighter Group

    368th Fighter Group

    The 368th Fighter Group flew P-47s in combat from England from March 1944. In the days after D-Day the Group supported Allied ground troops fighting in the Cherbourg penisula and then around St. Lo. The Group received a DUC for flying seven missions in...

  • 2011th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon

    2011th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon

    Platoon was originally 2068th EAFFP and redesignated as the 2011 EAFFP per Secret Ltr., File No. 370 Hqs., IX Air Force, dated 30 March 194. ...


  • Robert Andrus

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | fighter pilot | 368th Fighter Group

  • Jack Arnold

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier B-26 Marauder | 323rd Bomb Group
    Jack T. Arnold, born December 7, 1921 in Dupo, Illinois. Graduated from East High in East St. Louis, Illinois, received a first alternate appointment to West Point and enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry. Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he...

  • Allen Diefendorf

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 367th Fighter Group
    Allen J. Diefendorf was a graduate of Class 43-J, Foster Field, Texas. After further training in California, he sailed to England on the HMS Aquitania. He docked at Glasgow on July 24th, and joined the 367th Fighter Group, Ninth Air Force. He arrived...

  • Walter Foster

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 323rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Walt Foster was a navigator and bombardier from Upstate New York who served with the 456th BS during the Second World War. His first combat mission was flown from Earls Colne Airfield on February 3, 1944 to the Ruisseville "No Balls” secret weapon...

  • Theodore Harwood

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group
    Ted joined the 323rd BG in Beaulieu, England on August 13, 1944 and flew his first mission on August 13/14, 1944 to Foret de House Bivouc and an Airdrome. It was a night mission, described by the combat crews as "creepy", "the worst". Of it, Ted said,...

  • Joseph Lazar

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group

  • Harold Mace

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot - Group Commander - Wing Commander | 416th Bomb Group
    Harold Loring Mace was born at Lake Helen, Florida, on October 10, 1907. He was accepted as a Flying Cadet on October 23, 1928, and on October 12, 1929, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Corps Reserve of the Army. He was commissioned a...

  • Arthur Pakula

    Military | First Lieutenant | B26 Marauder pilot #1082 | 323rd Bomb Group
    My dad, 1st Lt. Arthur S. Pakula enlisted in the Army Air Corps on July 9, 1941 at the age of 18 years. He served in the Pacific and European Theaters. Arthur received his silver wings and commission as a B-26 Marauder pilot in June 1944. He was...


Date Contributor Update
07 August 2019 09:07:58 general ira snapsorter Changes to number

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
"Battle Colors Volume III - Insignia and Tactical Markings of the Ninth Air Force in World War Two' by Robert A. Watkins;

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2018 15:08:13 Lucy May Changes to name and history

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2016 22:03:48 JMF Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history