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356th Fighter Group

Aircraft:P-47; P-51
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Wing:67th Combat Bombardment Wing
Division:1st Bombardment Division
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Squadrons:359th Fighter Squadron
360th Fighter Squadron
361st Fighter Squadron
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Details:Assigned to Eighth AF. Served in combat from Oct 1943 tO May 1945, participating in operations that prepared for the invasion of the Continent, and supporting the landings in Normandy and the subsequent Allied drive across France and Germany. Used P-47's until they were replaced by P-51's in Nov 1944. From Oct 1943 until Jan 1944, operated as escort for bombers that attacked such objectives as industrial areas, missile sites, airfields, and communications.

Engaged primarily in bombing and strafing missions after 3 Jan 1944, with its targets including U-boat installations, barges, shipyards, airdromes, hangars, marshalling yards, locomotives, trucks, oil facilities, flak towers, and radar stations. Bombed and strafed in the Arnheim area on 17, 18, and 23 Sep 1944 to neutralize enemy gun emplacements; received a DUC for this contribution to the airborne attack on Holland. Flew its last combat mission, escorting B-17's dropping propaganda leaflets, on 7 May 1945. Returned to the US in Nov. Inactivated on 10 Nov 1945.

    Commanders:
  • 2d Lt Joseph Moris Jr, 28 Dec 1942
  • Capt Harold J Lister, 29 Dec 1942
  • Lt Col Harold J Rau, 9 Feb 1943
  • Col Einar A Malmstrom, 28 Nov 1943
  • Lt Col Philip E Tukey Jr, 24 Apr 1944
  • Lt Col Donald A Baccus, 3 Nov 1944
  • Col Philip E Tukey Jr, 11 Jan 1945

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

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