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353rd Fighter Group

Aircraft:P-47; P-51
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Wing:66th Combat Bombardment Wing
Division:3rd Bombardment Division
Squadrons:350th Fighter Squadron
351th Fighter Squadron
352th Fighter Squadron
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Details:Trained for duty overseas and at the same time served as an air defense organization. Moved to England, May-Jun 1943. Assigned to Eighth AF.

Operated against the enemy in combat over Europe from Aug 1943 to Apr 1945, using P-47's until conversion to P-51 in Oct 1944. Regularly escorted bombers that attacked industrial establishments, marshalling yards, submarine installations, V-weapon sites, and other targets; frequently strafed and dive-bombed buildings, troops, flak batteries, barges and tug boats, locomotives and rail lines, vehicles, bridges, and airfields; also flew numerous counter-air missions.

From Aug 1943 to Feb 1944, provided escort for bombers that attacked targets in western Europe, made counter-air sweeps over France and the Low Countries, and dive-bombed targets in France. Participated in the intensive campaign against the German Air Force and aircraft industry during Big Week, 20-25 Feb 1944. Increased its fighter-bomber activities. Mar-May 1944. Provided cover over the beachhead and close support for the Normandy invasion in Jun 1944. Supported the breakthrough at St Lo in Jul.

Received a DUC for supporting the airborne attack on Holland, when the group contributed to the operation by protecting bombers and troop carriers and by strafing and dive-bombing ground targets during the period 17-23 Sep 1944. Continued its fighter-bomber, escort, and counter-air activities, participating in the Battle of the Bulge (Dec 1944-Jan 1945) and the airborne attack across the Rhine (Mar 1945). Remained in the theater until Oct. Inactivated in the US on 18 Oct 1945.

  • Lt Col Joseph A Morris, c. 15 Oct 1942
  • Lt Col Loren G McCollom, 18 Aug 1943
  • Col Glenn E Duncan, 25 Nov 1943
  • Col Ben Rimerman, 7 Jul 1944
  • Col Glenn E Duncan, 22 Apr 1945

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

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