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  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron


  • James Poindexter

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    James Poindexter served as a fighter pilot with the 352nd Fighter Squadron of the 353rd Fighter Group out of Raydon, England. On 3 January 1945, he was killed when his P-51 Mustang #44-14859, crashed at Capel St. Mary, Suffolk.


  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...


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Hess, W. N. (2003). Prelude to D-Day. In Down to earth: Strafing aces of the Eighth Air Force. Oxford: Osprey.

Rust, K. C., & Hess, W. N. (1968). The Slybird Group: The 353rd Fighter Group on escort and ground attack operations. Fallbrook: Aero.

1942 USAAF Serial Numbers (42-001 to 42-30031). (n.d.). Retrieved June 30, 2020, from