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Warren Russell Lobdell

Military

Assigned to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 366FS, 358FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission in P-47D 42-8415, Reported that he was low on fuel. Element leader, Erik Littlejohn, and he broke off to make the return flight to England. En route, with little fuel and at low altitude, they were bounced by four Me109s. Littlejohn broke left, Russell broke right, and that was the last he was seen. Crashed Maheru, France Killed in Action (KIA) 27-Jun-44 MACR 6227.

Awards: PH.

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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 358th Fighter Group

    358th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 358th Fighter Group flew seventeen missions with the Eighth Air Force from Leiston air base. At the beginning of February 1944 the Group were transferred to the Ninth Air Force in exchange for the 357th Fighter Group. With the Ninth, the Group went...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 366th Fighter Squadron
  • 552nd Fighter Training Squadron

Aircraft

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...

  • High Halden

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943 with temporary runways and buildings. High Halden was then used as a Ninth Air Force Advanced Landing Ground, before being occupied by the 358th Fighter Group in 1944.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Louisiana, USA 6 December 1920

Son of William Abram and Virginia 'Jennie' [Young] Lobdell.

Lived in East Baton Rouge Parish, LA, USA 1941
Enlisted Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR), 9430 Jackie Cochran Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70811, USA 10 June 1942

Harding Field
Baton Rouge, LA

Pilot training Victoria, TX, USA August 1942 – 4 November 1943

Flight training:
Primary - Arledge Field, Stamford, TX

Basic - Enid, OK

Advanced - Foster Field Victoria, TX

Fighter training Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR), 9430 Jackie Cochran Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70811, USA 4 November 1943 – 1944

Fighter Familiarisation
Harding Field, Baton Rouge, LA

Based Atcham April 1944 – 15 June 1944

Assigned to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Based High Halden 15 June 1944 – 27 June 1944

Transferred to 366FS, 358FG, 9AF USAAF.

Died 61380 Mahéru, France 27 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission in P-47D 42-8415, Low on fuel headed for England. Bounced by 4 Me109s. Crashed Maheru, France Killed in Action (KIA) 27-Jun-44 MACR 6227.

Memorialised 61380 Mahéru, France 1946

Memorialised
Town Carpark
Maheru, France.

Buried 422 N 19th St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, USA 1949

Magnolia Cemetery
Baton Rouge,
East Baton Rouge Parish, LA

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