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Samuel S Junkin


Aircraft sustained battle damage while supporting landings at Dieppe, France 19 August 1942 in Spitfire VB. Aircraft ditched into the English Channel and Lt. Junkin was rescued. Returned to base. Lt. Junkin was credited with an air victory of a German FW 190 and was the first USAAF pilot to receive credit for and enemy aircraft in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). Decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross by Brigadier General Frank D. O. Hunter, Commanding General VIII Fighter Command.


Units served with

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 309th Fighter Squadron


  • AB811

    Supermarine Spitfire AB811 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 2

    19 August 1942
    Bombers from 97th Bombardment Group are despatched to bomb the German airfield Drucat at Abbeville, France. This mission is flown to occupy the Luftwaffe and to try to prevent them from opposing the invasion of Dieppe, France by over 5,000 allied...

  • VIII Fighter Command

    19 August 1942
    31st Fighter Group despatches 123 Spitfires in support of the landings at Dieppe, France. 8 are lost. These are the first operations of VIII Fighter Command units under VIII Fighter Command control. ...

Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...


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Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 21:52:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 12-Nov-2014. Added associations.

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2014 18:56:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to middlename, firstname, biography, awards and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 20-Oct-2014, "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:53 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hey p. 26