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Louis DeAnda

Military

Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: DFC, AM (13OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, OCC, American Defence and Campaign medals.

Service

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. ...

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 362nd Fighter Squadron
  • 364th Fighter Squadron
  • 84th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-15692

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost in take-off crash 10-Jan-45 - Pilot Lt William J DeGain.

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Phoenix, AZ 19 May 1922

Son of Melicia B and Guadalupe B Deandra.

Lived in Bakersfield, CA 1942
Enlisted Minter Field, Bakersfield, CA 18 September 1942

Minter Field, Bakersfield, California

Based Duxford 8 October 1944 – July 1945

Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Duxford, UK 1945

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Promotion Leiston, UK 16 April 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Based Leiston July 1945 – 16 July 1945

Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Leiston 16 July 1945 – August 1945

Transferred to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Los Angeles, CA 12 May 2011

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2021 10:40:50 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and awards
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/631656149
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bakersfield/obituary.aspx?pid=151115181

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2021 10:37:03 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/631656149
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bakersfield/obituary.aspx?pid=151115181

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2021 11:16:26 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations and media associations
Sources

8th air force, 78th fighter group

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2018 17:25:25 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/631656149?terms=Louis%20DeAnda
https://www.fold3.com/image/210486465?terms=Louis%20DeAnda
https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=929&mtch=1&cat=WR26&tf...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in Fry's book 'Eagles of Duxford', p135

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