From Waycross, GA, Lt. Donald W. Chatfield enlisted in Minneapolis, MN, on 14 August 1942. Assigned to the 368th Fighter Squadron on 16 June 1944, then to HQ on 9 December 1944, he flew 270 combat hours with the 359th Fighter Group before ending his tour of duty on 21 January 1945. Aircraft included P-51B CV-S 42-106876.
The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...
Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 2 x damaged [Grd]. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).
Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.
Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Re-assigned to 84FS. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.
Military site : airfield
East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...