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  • 358th Fighter Group

    358th Fighter Group

    The 358th Fighter Group flew seventeen missions with the Eighth Air Force from Leiston air base. At the beginning of February 1944 the Group were transferred to the Ninth Air Force in exchange for the 357th Fighter Group. With the Ninth, the Group went...

  • 434th Troop Carrier Group
  • 74th Troop Carrier Squadron
  • 840th Engineer Aviation Battalion

    840th Engineer Aviation Battalion

    The 840th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) was activated on 1 September 1942, at Bradley Field, Connecticut, and assigned to the First Air Force. The unit was alerted for overseas service in April 1943, and set sail for England aboard Aquitania on 10 May...


  • John Buchanan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 358th Fighter Group

  • George Myers

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | C-47 Crewman | 434th Troop Carrier Group
    Technical Sgt. George William Myers C-47 aircraft was shot down during The Rhein crossing (Operation Varsity). The tail was blown off and the aircraft crashed, and all five crew members were Killed In Action.

  • Thomas Ricketts

    Military | Major | COMMANDER 71ST TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON | 434th Troop Carrier Group

  • Ralph Strean

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Commander | 434th Troop Carrier Group

  • Mark Thall

    Military | First Lieutenant | C-47 Pilot | 434th Troop Carrier Group
    Lt. Mark M Thall and his C-47 crew were taking part in 'Operation Varsity'. While approaching Wesel, the aircraft was shot down by the German Flak and crashed in a field, killing all five crew members on 24 March 1945.


Date Contributor Update
01 February 2017 12:05:31 general ira snapsorter Created entry with name, number, known as, latitude and longitude

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