Following From: http://www.86fighterbombergroup.com/
'44 - Mar '46
'43 - May '44
Bombardment Group (Dive)
'42 - Aug '43
Bombardment Group (Light)
'42 - Sep '42
86th FG-525 FBS / 309th FB
86th FG-526 FBS/ 310th FB
86thFG-527 FBS/ 312th FB
details given on above blue link including the 86 th FG War Dairy
284067 coded A, (86th FG) lost to flak Jan 14, 1944. MACR 1793
serial # 42-84071, coded B, 2nd plane in line. This plane was
assigned to 527th FBS of the 86th FBG.
CC Sgt. M.S. Walker, is listed on the cowling of 42-84071, with my father,
SSgt. L.P. Hicks and Sgt. N.L. Turner in front. All artwork of 42-84071 that I
have seen shows only 190 mission symbols, but my father told me that before it
was shot down the 228 mission symbols had wrapped back around the top of the
stabilizer. Missing" List: Waterman, David A., Pilot, POW,
Marcianise, Prisoners-Of-War: Lt. Waterman, David A. 05/09/44 Marcianise,
Italy. (Repatriated. Killed in plane crash.)
Diary of the 86th Fighter-Bomber Group AAF
Marcianise Airfield, Italy
"2nd Lt. David A. Waterman of the 527th Sq. landed safely in enemy held
territory, 5 miles SW of Manziana, after being hit by flak. Lt. Waterman waved
to the flight after his landing, and no enemy troops were observed in the
was the dive-bomber version of the P-51 Mustang. The USAAF bought this
version first, but full priority was later given to the fighter version, and no
more than 500 A-36's were built. It was unofficially known as 'Invader'.
Function: dive bomber
Year: 1940 Crew: 1 Engines: 1 * 850kW Allison V-1710-F3R
Wing Span: 11.29m Length: Height: 3.72m Wing Area:
Empty Weight: Max.Weight:
Speed: 630km/h Ceiling: 9150m Range: 700km
Armament: 6*mg12.7mm, 900kg
the A-36s were pretty well depleted by attrition around mid-1944, all of the
27th FG A-36s were transferred to the 86th, and the 27th was re-equipped with
P-40s. Then when they were all used up, the 27th wound up the war with
P-47s.The 86th FBG , used white ID letters on the rear fuselage. Their 527th FBS
had a white diagonal stripe on the tail.
The 27th used a 2-letter code vertically on the tail; top letter identified the
squadron ( A-B-C ) lower letter the aircraft.
as 86th Bombardment Group (Light) on 13-Jan 1942. Activated on 10
Feb 1942. Redesignated 86th Bombardment Group (Dive) in Sep 1942,
86th Fighter-Bomber Group in Aug 1943, and 86th Fighter Group in May
Moved to North Africa, Mar-May 1943.
Trained until July, then began combat with Twelfth Air Force.
Engaged primarily in close support of ground forces, with the group
moving forward to bases in Sicily, Italy, Corsica, France, and Germany
as the battle line changed. Also flew patrol and interdictory
missions. Used the A-36, P-40, and P-47 aircraft to attack
convoys, trains, ammunition dumps, troop and supply columns, shipping,
bridges, rail lines, and other objectives.
Participated in the softening up of Sicily and
supported the invasion by Seventh Army in Jul 1943. Provided cover
for the landings at Salerno in Sep 1943. Assisted the Allied
advance toward Rome during Jan-Jun 1944. Supported the invasion of
Southern France in Aug 1944. Operated against enemy communications
in northern Italy from Sep 1944 to Apr 1945. Attacked enemy
transportation in Germany during Apr and May 1945.
Received two DUC's: for action on 25 May 1944
when the group repeatedly dived through intense flak to destroy enemy
vehicles and troops as German forces tried to stop the Allies short of
Rome; for activity against convoys and airfield installations in
northern Germany on 20 Apr 1945 to disorganize the enemy's withdrawal
from that area.
Remained in Germany after the war as part of
United States Air Forces in Europe. Transferred, without personnel
and equipment, to the US in Feb 1946. Inactivated on 31 Mar 1946.
Activated in Germany on 20-Aug-46.
Assigned to the United States Air Forces in Europe. Redesignated
86th Composite Group in May 1947, 86th Fighter Group in Jan 1948, 86th
Fighter-Bomber in Jan 1950, and the 86th Fighter-Interceptor Group in
Aug 1954. Equipped successively with F-47, F-84, and F-86 aircraft
Diary 86 FBG AAF
A-36A, 86thFG-526th FS, Priscilla shown on the cover of
Steve Luce book.
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