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  • 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...

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Based East Wretham



  • Donald Baccus

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 322FS, 365FG, 1 Fighter Command. Commander 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn 356FG, 8AF USAAF. 116 total missions. ETD. ...

  • Donald Chatfield

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 2 x damaged [Grd]. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Niven Cranfill

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    An Ace, Lt. Col. Niven K. Cranfill of Temple, TX, served with HQ and the 368th, 369th, and 370th Fighter Squadrons, from April 1943 through 22 April 1945, flying 133 combat missions in two tours of duty with the 359th Fighter Group. ...

  • John Downing

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Lt. John L. Downing joined HQ in April 1943, transferring to the 370th Fighter Squadron on 2 March 1944, then returned to HQ in May 1944. He was then assigned to the 496th FTG on 7 August 1944. Lt. Downing flew 83 combat missions with the 359th Fighter...

  • Charles Ettlesen

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • Roy Evans

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    As a youth, he was raised on a ranch near Santa Rosa, California. When his parents separated, he and his siblings lived with an English couple. While working at the railroad he wanted to be able to serve in defence of his country, so he took up...

  • Donald Griffin

    Military | Major | 359th Fighter Group

  • Howard Higgins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Air Operations Specialist
    Assigned to HQ 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Post War: He went to work for IMC Chemical and retired after 43 years of service and during that time earned his B.S. degree from Indiana State College.

  • Fred Hodges

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot/Squadron Commander | 359th Fighter Group
    Wingman AVG Flying Tigers Burma 1941-42 ETO Sept. 1944-March 1945, to HQ P-51D s/n 44-14313 'Jeepers' IV+L changed to IV+E

  • Chauncey Irvine

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    April-Oct. 1944, formerly HQ and 370th FS, P-51B 42-106803.

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  • 44-11651

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to HQ Sqn, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Lutzendorf last seen going down to strafe a Locomotive north of Gotha crashed Helmsdorf Capt Charles C Ettlesen Killed in Action (KIA). 9-Feb-45 MACR 12336.

  • 44-14894

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-72207

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-15717 'Wild Will'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal A/C of Lt Col Niven K Cranfill. Re-assigned to Lt Col James W Parsons.




Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:53 AAM AAM ingest

Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)