354th Fighter Group (Osprey Aviation Elite 7) by William N Hess, Chris Davey

By William N Hess, Chris Davey

'I imagine the good fortune of the 354th because the top staff within the eu theatre for aerial victories is because of numerous issues. First used to be the preliminary education of the squadrons prior to deployment to England. Colonel Ken Martin nurtured the crowd from its infancy, and the entire excellence that later confirmed via can be positioned at his doorstep. regardless of his adolescence, he knew the best way to foster teamwork and insist perfection in flying. there has been not anything extra vital than getting the crowd off at the correct foot. moment, our pilots have been taught to fly mutual aid, and practised it faithfully. there have been no "hot" pilots within the 354th, basically "excellent" pilots. 3rd, males like Glenn Eagleston gave recommendation and warnings approximately wrestle strategies and guarding one's tail. This ready our pilots for lurking risks, whatever the opposite teams won't have done.' Brigadier common James Howard, Commanding Officer of the 354th Fighter workforce

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The E/A did a complete loop and I fired at the top of it, scoring a few more strikes, after which he straightened out and jettisoned his canopy. I thought he was going to bail out, so I pulled out to one side. Instead, he One of the most photographed Mustangs to serve with the 356th FS/354th FG in the spring of 1944 was 2Lt Thomas 'Gnomee' Miller's P-51B-10 42-106616 GNOMEE. In this particular shot (taken without Miller present), Capt Bob Stephens 'tells some of the boys how it is done' following one of his victories.

Although he was seen to bail out, word reached the group that Simmons' body had been found near the wreckage of his fighter. Recently promoted Maj Richard Turner led the group to Brunswick on the 26th, and the mission would prove costly for the 354th. High winds aloft and 10/10ths undercast below made navigation difficult, and the bombers were never found. Lt Edward Regis was lost to flak and Lt Franklin Hendrickson was forced back due to a bad engine, with Lt Joseph Lilly sent along as his escort.

The 'Pioneer Mustang Group' had flown some 55 missions from Boxted, and 47 P-51s had been recorded as missing in action, compared with claims of 169 enemy aircraft shot down. By mid April the ground echelon had already moved to Lashenden, setting up tents and putting necessary outdoor furnishings in place, and on the 17th IX Fighter Command decreed that it was time to fly the Mustangs in. One squadron had left by mid-afternoon, and as it had made the trip successfully, so a second squadron was despatched.

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