Republic P-47D 42-8414 SX-K “The Flying Finn," "Ginny" and "Doll”, pilot Lt. Juntilla, 352nd FS 353rd FG, December 1943.
At 16:15 hrs on December 4, 1943 SX-K, piloted by Lt. Kipfer, was landing at Metfield from the mission and blew a tyre causing the aircraft to nose over. Although Lt. Kipfer was flying the aircraft for the mission, SX-K was assigned and named by Lt. Wilbert H. Juntilla.
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A force of 140 P-47s is despatched from: 56FG; 352FG; and 353FG. 16 P-47s from 353FG dive-bomb the German arifield of Glize-Rijen, Holland. P-47 of 352FG perform a fighter sweep ahead of the attacking force. P-47s from 353FG and 56FG provide escort. The fighters claim 3-0-0 of German aircraft in the air. No information found to describe German aircraft destroyed at the airfield. There are no losses.
16 P-47s of 353rd Fighter Group dive-bomb Gilze-Rijen Airfield in Belgium while other 353rd Fighter Group and 56th Fighter Group aircraft provide escort. Amount of bombs used not in available record. 352nd Fighter Group carries out a fighter sweep.
The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...
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...
Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...
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