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389th Fighter Squadron

Squadron

Structure

Part of
  • 366th Fighter Group

    366th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Thruxton

Connections

People

  • Joe Earley

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 366th Fighter Group

  • Thomas Forbes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 366th Fighter Group
    On a Bomber support mission 9 April 1944, Thomas Forbes’ P-47 #42-76215 was hit by Flak and/or damaged by the explosion of a locomotive his Flight was strafing in Argentan, Calvados, France. Oil pressure dropped to zero, he bailed out at 2000ft, last...

  • William Grounds

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 366th Fighter Group
    Promoted to Captain on 15 October 1944, after being declared Missing In Action on 2 October. Shot down by Flak on 2 October 1944 near Vortum, Netherlands. MACR #9295 ...

  • John Hustis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 366th Fighter Group
    Was last seen diving on a column of trucks in a strafing attack. Believed to have bailed out. Body found later. Buried in Normandy American Cemetery

  • Raymond Smart

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 366th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 389FS, 366FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Koln in P-47 44-20540; shot down by flak over target. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 12641 Awards: AM (6OLC), Croix de Guerre, PH.

  • Vernon Turner

    Military | Major General | Fighter Pilot | 366th Fighter Group

Aircraft

  • 42-75107

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-76215

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    On a Bomber support mission 9 April 1944, Thomas Forbes’ P-47 #42-76215 was hit by Flak and/or damaged by the explosion of a locomotive his Flight was strafing in Argentan, Calvados, France. Oil pressure dropped to zero, he bailed out at 2000ft, last...

  • 44-19728

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 41-6404 'Ill Wind?' 'Old Red Ass'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt P47C-5-RE 41-6405 'Old Red Ass' assigned to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF, pilot Lt Nicholas Megura. Re-assigned to Raymond C 'Bud' Care. ...

  • 42-76378

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 389BS, 366BG, 9AF USAAF. Destroyed landing with hung ordnance at Asch airfield (Y-29), Belgium, when the bomb came loose and exploded. Pilot 1st Lt Karl T Hallberg survived with head injuries that he would recover from. 31-Dec-44.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2020 06:01:54 466thHistorian Changes to unit encompassing associations
Sources

corrected group connection

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 15:45:40 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Type added.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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)

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