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361st Fighter Group

Aircraft:P-47; P51
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Wing:65th Combat Bombardment Wing
Division:2nd Bombardment Division
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Squadrons:374th Fighter Squadron
375th Fighter Squadron
376th Fighter Squadron
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Details:Entered combat with P-47 aircraft on 21 Jan 1944 and converted to P-51's in May 1944. Operated from England during 1944 but sent a detachment to France for operations in the Battle of the Bulge (Dec 1944-Jan 1945), moved to Belgium in Feb 1945, and returned to England in Apr 1945.

Served primarily as an escort organization, covering the penetration, attack, and withdrawal of bomber formations that the AAF sent against targets on the Continent. Also engaged in counter-air patrols, fighter sweeps, and strafing and dive-bombing missions. Attacked such targets as airdromes, marshalling yards, missile sites, industrial areas, ordnance depots, oil refineries, trains, and highways. During its operations, participated in the assault against the German Air Force and aircraft industry during Big Week, 20-25 Feb 1944; the Normandy invasion, Jun 1944; the St Lo breakthrough, Jul 1944; the airborne attack on Holland, Sep 1944; and the airborne assault across the Rhine, Mar 1945. Flew last combat mission on 20 Apr 1945. Returned to the US in Nov. Inactivated on 10 Nov 1945.

    Commanders:
  • Col Thomas J J Christian Jr, 10 Feb 1943
  • Col Ronald F Fallows, 14 Aug 1944
  • Lt Col Roy B Caviness, 31 Aug 1944
  • Lt Col Joseph J Kruzel, 20 Sep 1944
  • Lt Col Roy B Caviness, 3 Nov 1944
  • Col Junius W Dennison Jr, 2 Dec 1944
  • Lt Col Roy B Caviness, 15 Apr 1945

Air Force Combat Units of World War II, Maurer, Maurer: USAF, 1986

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