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Joseph B Ayers


Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) at Luisendorf in P-51B 'Helen of Troy III' 42-106901 MACR 9237.

Awards: PH.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    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...

  • 487th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...


Event Location Date
Lived in Birmingham, MI, USA 1941
Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 5 December 1943

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Assigned Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 12 June 1944 – 23 September 1944

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 2 August 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Killed in Action (KIA) Louisendorf, 35110 Frankenau, Germany 23 September 1944

Killed in Action (KIA) at Luisendorf in P-51B 'Helen of Troy III' 42-106901. MACR 9237.


Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 11:05:24 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- MACR 9237;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
01 August 2016 21:46:59 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
01 August 2016 21:29:22 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename

Corrected middle initial.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:29 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list