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Adorimini - Up and at 'Em!

82nd Fighter Group

Honor Roll

Official 82nd Fighter Group Webpage

 

Squadron Insignia:
95th 96th 97th
The Slugging Jackrabbits

Call Sign

Cardsharp Cow tail Ford car
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M I A - K I A M I A - K I A M I A - K I A
Aircraft Flown:   P-38
 
 

Great resource link:http://www.82ndfightergroup.com/82history.htm

After flying 347 practice and sweep sorties during which there was no contact with the Luftwaffe, the 1st, 14th and 82nd Fighter Groups were transferred to the 12th Air Force in North Africa. While in transit from Britain to Algeria, pilots of the 82nd Fighter Group were credited with the destruction of two Ju-88 bombers over the Bay of Biscay. The Lightnings were soon in regular combat in the North African theatre. The first of these took place on November 19, 1942 when the P-38Fs of the 1st Fighter Group escorted B-17s on a bombing raid on the El Aouina airfield at Tunis. The three P-38 groups contributed a great deal toward the establishment of local air superiority in the area. On April 5, 1943, 26 P-38Fs of the 82nd Fighter Group claimed the destruction of 31 enemy aircraft as against the loss of six Lightnings. In these air battles, mixed success was obtained Because of the tactics of the enemy, the Lightnings were forced to fight at lower altitudes of 15,000 feet, and in battles against fighters it was not entirely successful. The twin engines restricted maneuverability to some extent and the Lightning had a wheel control instead of the conventional stick, which may also have restricted maneuverability. Nevertheless, the Lightning was effective against bombers and had a sensational zoom climb that could rarely be matched. It wreaked great havoc among Rommel's air transport well out to sea, earning for itself the German nickname "der Gabelschwanz Teufel"--the Fork-Tailed Devil.

Following in italics is from Pincus P. Taback - Diary

Air Forced Assigned To:    12th AF (Dec 1942 - Nov 1943)
  15th AF (Nov 1943 - end WWII)
 
Stations Flown From:  

Northern Ireland, Oct 1942

SATURDAY, 3 OCTOBER 1942, EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO) Eighth Air Force: The 95th Fighter Squadron, 82d Fighter Group, arrives at Eglington, Country Derry, Ireland from the US with P-38s.

MONDAY, 5 OCTOBER 1942, EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO) Eighth Air Force: HQ 82d Fighter Group and the 96th and 97th Fighter Squadrons arrive at Eglington, Co Derry, Ireland from the US with P-38s.

Telergma, Algeria, Jan 1943

Sat. 12/19/42....Attempted trip to Oran, No. Africa. Weather bad. Trip postponed. Still at St. Eval getting monotonous waiting.

Sun. 12/20/42....Still waiting. Bunch of the 97th came in from Maydown

 

Wed. 12/23/42....Took off in mass flight for Oran, No. Africa. I lost the formation. Made the trip alone. Landed at Gibraltar. Getting late. Lt. Green shot down by JU 88 Broadhead? (Green, Earl T., O-659808, 95FS, KIA, Brodhead, Arthur V. Jr., O-469339, 95FS, Plane #63, Wheels up landing on beach following combat 1 JU-88 and 1 damaged JU-88 en-route to Africa, Clare, Ballyvaughan, Ireland, plane destroyed by allies after salvage (Irish Military Archives report))

Thur. 12/24/42....Took off from Gibraltar and landed at Tafaroui (Oran) after two hours flying. Field muddy as hell !!

THURSDAY, 24 DECEMBER 1942 (CHRISTMAS EVE) WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (Twelfth Air Force):HQ 95th, 96th and 97th Fighter Squadrons, 82d Fighter Group with P-38s is established at Tafaraoui, Algeria upon arrival from the UK. The squadrons will enter combat tomorrow.

FRIDAY, 25 DECEMBER 1942 (CHRISTMAS DAY),  WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (Twelfth Air Force): In Tunisia, P-40s bomb a troop concentration at Sfax while P-38s sent to bomb a convoy off northern Tunisia fail to sight any ships.

Fri. 12/25/42...."CHRISTMAS". Took off to ferry our ships (25) to 1st Ftr. Grp. Major Vaughn lost. We returned to Oran after being separated.

Sat. 12/26/42....Took off again for Biskra and turned over (25) ships to the 1st Fighter Group. Kinda pissed off because I had to give away "2073" ( Lockheed P-38E Lightning c/n 222-5201/5315), a darn good ship.

 

FRIDAY, 1 JANUARY 1943, WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (Twelfth Air Force) HQ 82d Fighter Group is established at Telergma, Algeria upon arrival from Northern Ireland. The subordinate squadrons, the 95th, 96th and 97th Fighter Squadrons with P-38s, move from Tafaroui to Telergma, Algeria.

Fri. 1/1/43....Took off from Blida. Landed at Tafaroui. Was glad to see all the boys got in from Gibraltar and Casablanca

Wed. 1/6/43.....Went on my first mission today. Escorted B-25's to Target Kairouen. All ships returned. Mission a success.

Thur. 1/7/43.....97th off. 96th escorted B-26's. Harril Helton did not come back. Believed shot down

Fri. 1/8/43.....95th mission. Lt. Murphy did not come back. 97th took off. I was on Col. Loe's wing. Escorted B-26's. My right engine shot up. Returned on one engine. Crashed on landing. Ship burned. Col. Loe missing. One Fw190, one victory for the 97th. Pete, A.White, Lund, and Rounds shot down the Fw190. A.White won the toss for the victory

Sun. 1/10/43.....96th escorted B-26's. Lt. Veal of the 96th shot down. One B-26 shot down by flak. Five of the crew bailed out

Tues. 1/12/43.....Maj. Young, Rounds, McDaniel and myself took off to escort one B-26 on a reconnaissance flight near Gabes. Jumped by P-40's but they finally left. Ran into bad weather. Landed at CanRoberte. McDainel returned after takeoff from base.

Wed. 1/13/43.....Treated swell by Britishers. Good meals. Took off for Telergma and landed without B-26. It wasn't gassed as yet. Received a pkg. of food, etc. from the'Y' . Had a feast. Witt made C. O.

Thur. 1/14/43.....Maj. Young now Group Executive in place of Col. Loe. We escorted 6 B-26's on an anti-shipping mission. Didn't see any ships. Came back right on the deck. Some of the boys did some strafing. All ships returned. Had lost of fun. Prefer B-25's.

Fri. 1/15/43.....My day of rest today. Received a sweater from Lee and Leo. Wrote some letters. 96th escorted B-26's today. They lost Black and Randall. They had a forced landing in our territory. Lt. Hawes claimed two victories and one probable.

Sat. 1/16/43.....Was awakened with a 'BANG' this morning. Lt. Kinsey (95th) ran into a B-26 on takeoff. Blowing up the two bombs in it. Both ships burned up. Kinsey got away with a few burns and scratches. No mission for me today. Everything was quiet all day. Received some old mail.

Sun. 1/17/43.....97th day. I stayed home. Too many missions. Witt got a Ju88, Pete a Ju52, Visscher a Ju52. Lund dipped a wing in the water, climbed up but hasn't been seen since. A quiet day for me. Wrote some letters. Received three.

Mon. 1/18/43.....96th was scheduled for an important mission. Took off but returned in a half an hour. B-26's came back. Reason unknown to us. Still resting with not much to do. A quiet day. No Mail. No word about Lund. Elliott from the 96th shot himself in the ankle accidently.

Thur. 1/21/43.....A rough day today. Lost Lewis and Luddington. A.White, Morgan, and Pratt each got a Me109. J.White and Atteberry each got an Italian bomber. Boys felt quite low so most of them got drunk. I didn't but I don't blame them. I stayed on the ground again.

Fri. 1/22/43.....95th day. Mission completed. No loss of men. I stood on the ground and glad of it, because Martha Raye, Kay Francis, Mitzi Mayfair and Carol Landis were here and put on a swell show. Sure surprised me, to see them here at the front.

Sat. 1/23/43.....We went on an anti-shipping mission today. Swell day. Sunk two ships and probably damaged two. Thompson got one Italian bomber after a toss of the coin. Larson got back on one engine at another field. Our flight escorted the one crippled bomber until she belly landed on the water. Entire crew safe.

Sun. 1/24/43.....96th day. Capt. Lynn while on the deck got too low and his props hit the ground. He belly landed and got out OK. Don't know when he will get back. A quiet day for me. I wrote a few letters. Got none.

Tue. 1/26/43.....Still no missions today. Also no mail. Received word that Capt. Lynn of the 96th was safe and sound with some French Forces. Wrote a few letters. Air raid went off but no action. Thank God!! This happens quite often

Fri. 1/29/43.....Our day off. 95th and 96th went out. Bombers had a wonderful anti-shipping day. Both 95th and 96th had one victory each. A quiet day for me. Received a swell letter from Harriett

Sat. 1/30/43.....We went out today anti-shipping. No victories, No losses. 96th ran into a mess. Lost Capt. Smally, Lt. Winston, Lt. Delahunt. Zubarik was thought lost but showed up in the late afternoon. He was shot up (his ship) and crash landed in a dry lake about 30 minutes from here. Sure was glad to see Zubarik back. We ran into a helva lot of flak all of a sudden. McDaniel was gone. I thought he was gone for good but he returned home. Just got seven pilots from the 14th Fighter Group. All new boys. The Group got all new boys.

Sun. 1/31/43.....We went out, escorted B-26's (Gabes). Bombers did a good job. One flight got jumped by Me109's. Ace White got another victory. Pratt and Knell are missing. Bomber gunner said he saw one P-38 belly land in flames and pilot got out. I hope he's right. 95th went out and after a bad scare they all got back. Three landed at Bone for gas.

 

FEBRUARY - 1943

 

Mon. 2/1/43.....Eight of our boys escorted B-17's high altitude over Tunis. Bombers did a swell job and all ships returned. Ace White gave us a scare but he came in later after being lost. Just heard Decker is missing. No one over at the 1st Fighter Group knows what happened. I rested today.

Tue. 2/2/43.....A quiet day for me. Our Sqd. was off. 96th had a fairly good day. They got 7 victories. Also lost one of our new boys from the 14th. 95th went out and all came back, nothing sighted by them or the bombers. Received a letter from Ess and Paul and also from Milt Brietman.

Wed. 2/3/43.....Our day today. Rough day for the morning flight. We lost two new boys, Johnson and Wilson. McAuliffe and Visscher's flights had running fights all the way. My mission this afternoon was OK. Target bombed. No fighters sighted. All ships return safe. No mail today.

Thur. 2/4/43.....My day off. Pete's and McD's flights went with the 95th. No bombing. Overcast. No one knew what happened to the two missing boys. (Grady & Doddridge). No one saw them attacked. No mail today. Hope they show up.

Sun. 2/7/43.....Got back home from Constanine 1 o'clock. 95th and 96th went out today. believe they got 3 victories. Thought we lost Maj. Vaughn but he came in 7 o'clock on one engine. A night landing. Got two letters from Harriett. Answered them.

Mon. 2/8/43.....Went out today escorting B-26's and B-25's. ?4 of us at the target 6 returns. We lost Dunn but we got 8-Me109's and 2 damaged. Boy we had some Dog Fights!!! Never saw so many planes going different directions in all my life. Didn't see the bombing. Was too busy!!

Wed. 2/10/43.....96th went out today. Our day off The rest of the outfit came in. Was sure glad to see them all for the first time since Ireland. Began to snow today. Received a letter from Milt. Answered it.

Sat. 2/13/43.....95th went out today. All returned without seeing any enemy fighters. Report says they lost two B-26's. A bunch new replacement pilots came in with new planes for us. No mail today.

Sun. 2/14/43.....'12' of our boys went out on anti-shipping with the 1st FG. Saw nothing. All returned. I sat around all day. No mail.

Mon. 2/15/43.....Four of us went out with the 96th escorting B-26's. Got jumped but all returned safely. Ace White and Sloan claimed one victory each. No mail today. Jackson came back on one engine. Got hit between the right boom and the gondola. A hole as big as a football.

Tue. 2/16/43.....95th went out on anti-shipping. Ran into bad weather and returned. I was supposed to escort - Gen. Marshall but bad weather stopped us. Nothing much doing today. Met an old buddy I played baseball with at Mitchel Field, Dick Farr also met 'Spic' Cordover.

Wed. 2/17/43.....95th and 96th went out to Sardinia. Kinsey got an Italian bomber. B-25's and B-26's did the bombing. Osher's whole flight missing. No mail today. Had dinner at the French Commandant's house. Very nice people.

Sun. 2/21/43.....Left for Casablanca today on C-47. Landed at Algiers. Spent the night there. Heard that Towson and Washburn went into the 'drink' after getting an He177. Alert sirens went on in the middle of the night here, but no bombing. Alert siren again about 0500 in the morning, but still no bombing.

Sat. 2/27/43.....Leading '16' ships. Landed in Algiers and spent the night there. Heard that Leon Bass was killed.

Sun. 2/28/43.....Took off leading them all to Telergma. All O.K. Boys came back from a mission. J. White shot up quite a bit but returned. Ace White showed up later. Heffington missing.

 

MARCH - 1943

 

Mon. 3/1/43.....Eight of us were supposed to go out with the 96th. Six of us didn't go. Ships not gassed, radios, etc. Ceawford got two Me109s and G. Rounds got one. I didn't do much today except answering the mail I received from Harriett, Leo, Paul, and the Folks. Found out Heffington bailed out in enemy territory.

Wed. 3/3/43.....Escorted B-25s today. Pryor hit by flak but got back on one engine. All ships returned. 96th escorted B-26s. Scott hit by flak. Boys saw him go down. 8 of the 95th went with us. All O.K. Ace White had to land at another field. Short on gas.

Thur. 3/4/43.....Went on anti-shipping today off Tunis and Bizerti. Gasaway got hit by Witt's belly tank. Went into the drink. Caputo and Morgan returned on one engine. Morgan landed at Bone. 96th also out on anti-shipping. Didn't see anything. Our bombers (B-26s) missed their target by at least 300 yards. Piss Poor !!

Sun. 3/7/43.....We went out on anti-shipping with the B-25s. Ran into a big convoy escorted by Ju88s, Me109s, and Italian fighters etc, etc. Wittliff got a Ju88 and an Italian fighter. Pete a Ju88, Walker got the seaplane Cant 506. I shot at a Ju88, a Me109, and also a Cant. 506. "No confirmation"!!

Thur. 3/11/43.....Left Constantine after lunch today. Came back to find eight of our boys went on a mission. Atteberry and Ace White each got a Me110. No mail today.

Sat. 3/13/43.....95th went out today. They saw nothing at all. We sat around. Oh yes, we moved to different quarters. About 150 yards from our old place. No mail today. Just heard officially that K.K. Lund was a prisoner of war. Everybody happy. We thought he was gone for good.

Mon. 3/15/43.....We went out with the 96th on a ground target, Airdrome near Merzouva. We got jumped by 6 Me109s. Jackson of the 96th got hit. He crashed landed in safe territory. McNaulty got one Me109.

Sat. 3/20/43.....Eight of us went out with the 96th on an anti-shipping mission escorting B-25s. 96th got 8-Me109s, 2-Ju88s, 1-seaplane. We got separated chasing a plane. All planes returned safely to base. No mail today.

Mon. 3/22/43.....Went out with the 95th today escorting B-26s. Met convoy in Bay of Tunis. Also ran into a piss pot full of fighters. 95th got victories and I got my first one (Me109). One B-26 was shot down. Bombers claim 3 fighters and hits on 3 ships in convoy. Atteberry & McDaniel missing. Hays of the 95th bailed out. McAnulty crash landed at another field.

Thur. 3/25/43.....Went out with the 95th escorting B-25s. 95th strafed the one barge we saw. No bombing. 95th shot down 1-seaplane. Lt. Shearer caught fire and went into the sea. No fighters sighted. Bombers got lost on the way back so we left and went home. They wouldn't follow us. Ace White still lost. Low on gas.

Fri. 3/26/43.....Went out with the 96th escorting B-25s. Nothing sighted on the sea. Capt McAuliffe got one Ju88. All ships safe. My ship all painted up. Ace White injured somewhere. Now in a British hospital.

 

Berteaux, Algeria, 28 Mar 1943

SUNDAY, 28 MARCH 1943, WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (Northwest African Air Force), HQ 82d Fighter Group and it's 95th and 97th Fighter Squadrons with P-38's transfer from Telergma, Algeria to Berteaux, Algeria.

Sun. 3/28/43.....Our whole Group moved today. Now at Berteaux. 5 miles from Telergma. Am quite tired of tearing down and putting up tents. Big talk about giving us a rest.

Mon. 3/29/43.....A bunch of us are going for a rest. Off operations as of today. McAulliffe, Crawford, Pryor, Caputo, and McAnulty are the ones staying. Moved our tents again about 300 yards

Tue. 3/30/43.....Doing nothing all day. Waiting for our orders to go on our rest. We got a couple of pilots and six planes for replacement. Ace White got back today. Larson came back from his rest.

Wed. 3/31/43.....Payday today. Took a hot bath at the springs. Still waiting for orders to go to the rest camp at Agadir. No mail. Our promotions are starting to come in.

 

April - 1943

 

 

THURSDAY, 1 APRIL 1943, The 96th Fighter Squadron, 82d Fighter Group with P-38's transfers from Telergma, Algeria to Berteaux, Algeria.

Mon. 4/12/43.....Took all G. Rounds negatives to the photo shop for prints. Traveled on horseback. Spent the rest of the day reading, playing ping pong and shooting the bull. Today we took Sousse and Kairouen. Swell !!!

Tue. 4/13/43.....Visscher came back from Telergma. Boys have been getting a lot of victories. But, lost Hieronymus, Kinsey, McAnulty, Lawrence, Riddle, Rawson, V.White, and Hamric. And a couiple of new boys. Nothing much doing all day. Got my photo.

Wed. 4/14/43.....Schildt came here today. I got the pictures today. All swell snap shots. Wrote letters and sent home my pictures to the family. Played a lot of ping pong. Nothing else exciting.

Tue. 4/20/43.....Went up to Casablanca today with Major Kirtley. Found out we have to pack up and leave Agadir. Still don't know all the dope about what's going on. Going up tomorrow.

Wed. 4/21/43.....Got to Casablanca by transport. Saw Gen. Cannon and found out we would be Instructors at a Fighter training School. Stayed at the Souisse Hotel.

Thur. 4/22/43.....Got here at Berrchid Field today. Found out all the details. We are now back to living in tents again, etc. Planning to fly up to Berteaux to pick up my belongs. Saw a show tonight, "Andy Hardy" an old one.

Sat. 4/24/43.....Test hopped a school ship. Took off for Telergma leading 2nd flight. Major Kirtley lead the 1st flight. Weather got bad so we stayed overnight in Algiers/ (Maison Blanche)

Sun. 4/25/43.....Took off from Maison Blanche and got all the boys in O.K. at Telergma. 82 got all the new bous. Stayed in Berteaux in my own bed for a change. Saw L.B. Thompson. Also saw a show.

Mon. 4/26/43.....Took off from Berteaux 09:30 and landed at Berreched 01:30. Ran into a little bad weather. Witt., J.G. White, Walker, Yahne, R.L. Hattendorf and Jones are going to be instructors at the F.T.C. Clearing my trouble up.

 

May - 1943

 

Tue. 5/4/43.....At last !! The transport took us to LaSenia. Met L.B. Thompson there also Zubarik and Sloan. Got our ships and took off. I lead 11 ships back. Saw a show at Berrechid this evening.

Wed. 5/5/43.....Got my orders to return to the 82nd. Rode in to Casablanca in the evening. Saw a show at the Red Cross. Mr. "V" an excellant show.

Thur. 5/6/43.....Spent the day here waiting for them to fix the ships I was going to take up to the front. Saw a show in the evening. Met Seltz again. He just got down from England again.

Fri. 5/7/43.....Flew Back to Berteaux leading Morgan, Schildt and Creighton. Was glad to see everybody. Heard about Powell and McArthur running into a hill in bad weather. Also three new boys.

Sat. 5/8/43.....Went out today escorting 6 B-26s. Saw one little boat. They bombed it but no direct hits. No enemy aircraft sighted. All ships return safe and sound. Heard that L.D. McDaniel is a prisoner of war.

Sun. 5/9/43.....Went on the biggest raid today. Palermo in Sicily was the target. And 'boy' it sure was hit. Flight lasted 6 hours. Was I tired. All fighters return safe. Some bombers were hit by flak.

Thur. 5/13/43.....Big show today. B-17s, B-25s, B-26s. Did a swell job on Cagliari in Sardinia. Visscher and Zubarik each got an Me109. All back safe.

Fri. 5/14/43.....No missions for our outfit. 95th and 96th lost a total of three men. I did a little practice Dive Bombing. Easier than I thought but no flak coming up.

Tue. 5/18/43.....96th and us escorting B-25s and B-26s to Pantellaria Island. Nice job of bombing. All ships back safe.

Wed. 5/19/43.....We escorted 24, B-25s. Target, airport at Milas, Sardinia. All ships back safe. Bombers did a pretty good job. Visscher got one Me109.

Fri. 5/21/43.....Escorted B-25s today. Target, Villacidro Airdrome, Sardinia. Got jumped by a mess of fighters. I got one Me109, and a probable. Caram and Shoemaker each got a victory. 96th got some. Fair bombing. I got six letters this evening. All fighters back safe.

Sun. 5/23/43.....Twelve of us went out on a sweep carrying 1000 lb. bombs. A couple hit the docks. Some landed amongst the fishing boats. Three near misses at the big boat. My bomb wouldn't come off. If fell off on the way home. Where ???

Mon. 5/24/43.....Escorted B-26s today. Target Aalgagro Airdrome, Sardinia. Some good hits by our dive bombers. B-26s didn't do too bad. G. Rounds and Reager each got one Me109. No mail today. Wrote some letters. Chas Zubarik missing.

Tue. 5/25/43.....Escorted B-25s. We had 12 dive bombers. Target Licata Harbor, Sicily. Dive bombers got some nice hits. B-25s didn't do too good. All ships back safe. Kinsey is a P.O.W.

 

Souk-el-Arba, Algeria, 13 Jun 1943

Sun. 6/13/43.....Moved today from Berteaux to Marleybone. Some went by truck. Crew Chiefs flew in B-25s, the pilots flew their planes. Chutes and equipment came late so we had to sleep in the open.

SUNDAY, 13 JUNE 1943, WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (Northwest African Air Force), HQ 82d Fighter Group and it's 95th, 96th and 97th Fighter Squadrons transfer with P-38's from Berteaux, Algeria to Souk-el-Arba, Algeria.

Tue. 6/15/43.....Went out early today escorting B-25s to Sciacca, Sicily. Ran into about 15 fighters. We got three probables. All 97th ships back safe. 95th lost Kenny, forced landed on Sicily. 96th lost Halverson.

Fri. 6/18/43.....96th went to Sardinia. No missions for us. 96th lost Wehman and got 16 victories. I went to Kairaoun to visit the 57th. They moved to Boukara south of Gabes so I flew down. Had a nice time. Had a chicken dinner with a French family near our field.

Wed. 6/30/43.....Escorted B-25s to Sciacca Airdrome in Sicily. Saw a couple of fighters, no trouble. 96th went to the same target (45 mins.) earlier. L. D. Jones is missing from the 96th. All of us back safe. Larson and McAuliffe left (mission expired)

 

July 1943

 

Sat. 7/3/43.....Escorted B-25s today to Alghero Airdrome in Sardinia. Not much trouble. Good bombing. All ships back safe. The 96th lost Doug Chrichton. He ran into Wolfe and went into the drink. Wolfe came back with only one rudder. No mail today.

Sun. 7/4/43.....Escorted B-25s to Gerbini Airdrome in Sicily. Ran into lots of fighters and loads of flak. Really finished up with a bang !! My "50th" mission. No mail today. Lost Stover. I saw him spinning.

Mon.7/5/43.....Boys went out but I sat home. Am awaiting orders. Presented '8' clusters tonight. Just got the orders. Heard my 'DFC' came through. No mail today.

Thur. 7/8/43.....All the boys left for Trpoli and Sousse. I left for Constantine. Got my 'DFC'. Boy am I happy. Spent the night here. Saw a show and ate a good meal.

Fri. 7/9/43.....Took off for Casablanca today. Stopped at Algiers then Oran and then into Casablanca. Met Vissscher, Oliver, and Langdon. They're going back to combat. Saw a show that evening.

Grombalia,Tunisia, 3 Aug 1943
San Pancrazio, Italy, 3 Oct 1943
Lecce, Italy, 10 Oct 1943
Vincenzo Airfield, Italy, 11 Jan 1944
Lesina, Italy, 30 Aug-Sep 1945
 
Campaigns Flown in:   Air Combat, EAME Theater
Air Offensive, Europe
Tunisia
Sicily
Naples-Foggia
Rome-Arno
Normandy
Northern France
Southern France
North Apennines
Rhineland
Central Europe
Po Valley
 
Victory Claims (in Air):   Destroyed:    Probable:   Damaged:
  553 91 215
 

Aces were:
(scores in the group only)  
[Total WWII aerial score]

 

HQ:

   
 

 

 
95th FS: J.L. Curdes (8) [9]   

96th FS:

  W.J. Sloan (12)   97th FS: W.J. Carroll (7)
C.E. Adams (6)     F.D. Hurlbut (9) R. Crawford (6)
J.D. Holloway (6)   C.J. Zubarik (8) T.A. White (6)
W.J. Schildt (6)   C.R. Kinsey (7) R.C. Griffith (5)
W.F. Gardner (5)   W.A. Kuentzel (7) G.L. Rounds (5)
T.H. McArthur (5)   L.P. Liebers (7) H.W. Visscher (5)
E.K. Osher (5)   H.C. Vaughn (7) C.E. Ford (4) [5]
C.E. Ford (1) [5]   E.T. Waters (7)  
    L.E. Andersen (5)  
    C.M. Isaacson (5)  
    P.R. Cockran (4) [5]  
    C.O. Johnson (4) [7]  
  J.W. Jorda (4)  
   

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