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350th Fighter Group


The 350th Fighter Group was always intended to join the Twelfth Air Force in the North African campaign as a tactical fighter organisation, using P-39 Airacobras in ground attacks. The pilots flew practice missions from the UK before flying their aircraft to North Africa in January 1942. From there they were involved in the attacks on Tunisia, the defence of Algeria and the invasion of Sicily, Italy and southern Europe.


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Station Location Date
Based Bushey Hall 1 October 1942 – 15 October 1942
Based Duxford 15 October 1942 – January 1943
Based Snailwell 16 October 1942 – 8 December 1942
Based Coltishall November 1942 – June 1943
Based Kings Cliffe December 1942



  • Harry Barr

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot/Squadron Operations Officer/Assistant Group Ops Officer | 31st Fighter Group
    Born in El Dorado, Kansas June 13, 1919. Commissioned as a 2nd Lt and awarded pilots wings on July 11, 1941. First active duty assignment was with the 31st Fighter Group, Selfridge Field Michigan flying P-39's. Participated in the Louisiana...

  • Donald Bush

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 350th Fighter Group
    Crashed at Kings Cliff, Northants in Master III W8929. Group later assigned to 12th AAF

  • Donald Cope

    Military | 350th Fighter Group

  • John Diffendal

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 350th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 346FS, 350FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Bologna 23-Dec-44 in P-47D 42-28827 fell victim to flak Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 14557. Awards: SS, AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Benjamin King

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 350th Fighter Group
    Aug. -Dec. 1944, formerly 347th FG PTO, P-51C 42-103898 'Matilda IV'

  • Homer St. Onge

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 350th Fighter Group

  • Roger Stearns

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 350th Fighter Group
    22 October 1944 the engine of the P-400 BX418 cut out while circling Snailwell airfield Suffolk. On landing, nose wheel collaspsed. Plane was salvaged and Lieutenant Stearn returned to action. assigned to 12th AAF

  • Henry Tatum

    Military | First Lieutenant | P-47 Pilot | 350th Fighter Group
    1st Lt. H. E. Tatum – P-47 6C6 “Sugar Tit” 1st Lt. Tatum was with the 346th for 9 months from May to the end of the war in February45. He served in the air campaigns over Tarquinia and Pisa, Italy.

  • James Thorsen

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot/Squadron Commander | 31st Fighter Group
    CO 308th FS first and third combat tours HQ 350th FG second combat tour CO 79th FG post War Germany Spitfire Mk VIII HL+B "Nightshade" P-51D HL+B "Nightshade IV" 3 air kills plus 1 ME-262 damaged

  • Dean Tracy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 350th Fighter Group

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  • 42-28827 'Jersey Jerk'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 361FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Donald J Strait. Re-assigned to Capt Edward L Faison. Transferred to 346FS, 350FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Bologna 23-Dec-44 to flak pilot Lt John Diffendal...

  • LB640

    Hurricane Mk I LB640, which was being operated as a target-tug with the P-39-equipped 346th Fighter Squadron, 350th Fighter Group, 12th AF USAAF in Sardinia in early 1944. ...

  • BP654

    Hawker Hurricane Mk IIb BP654, delivery date from Hawkers between March - Nov 1942, after having served with RAF Sqns. 'Acquired' in Sardinia by the 350th FG, 12th AF, became a unit hack of the unit in Italy, converted to a 2 seater, and painted with a...

  • DL788

    Miles Master DL788, assigned to 347FS, 350FG, 8th AF USAAF.

  • EP176

    Supermarine Spitfire EP176 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • 44-20978 Torrid Tessie

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-26840 Hellzapoppin

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-27260 Flak Happy

    P-47 Thunderbolt




Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:45 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Mighty Eighth. A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force.' by Roger A. Freeman (1989). 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' compiled by the Department of the US Air Force, edited by Maurice Maurer (1983).