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Frederick Wendall Glover

Military

Fred Glover hailed from Asheville, North Carolina. He had once played a little professional baseball.
He had once seen a Flying Tigers pilot return home, and he was so impressed with the adulation he received that Fred never forgot it. He decided that flying was the service for him. Fred and several of his buddies decided to enlist and headed for Fort McPherson, Georgia. They tried to enlist in the Army Air Corps for cadet training, but were told the Army had no use for them. Glover replied " Well, to hell with you friend", and walked out.
His passion carried him to the RCAF, where he earned his wings. He was assigned to England to ferry planes, not to combat. He was totally dissatisfied with this; he wanted to be a fighter pilot. When they ignored his request Fred took an Oxford transport up and power-dived it. It was not exactly what this type of aircraft was designed to do, and the damage to the plane and the arrogance of the pilot did not sit well with the authorities; so, on 20 February 1944 he was sent to the 4th fighter Group to fly combat.
On 30 April, while strafing Lyon/Bron Aerodrome, Glover's plane was hit by flak, causing him to lose his glycol coolant. He had to bale out, but he evaded capture, meeting up with some French Resistance Fighters who sheltered him until he finally returned to England on 28 May.
In August 1944 he became CO of the 336th Fighter Squadron, where he had an intense rivalry with "Red Dog" Norley, his roommate and CO of the 335th Fighter Squadron. Glover never gave up; he was a great pilot and intensely aggressive, which was much admired by his squadron pilots and kept their morale at a constant high.
In June 1945 he was transferred to 8th Air Force Headquarters, ending his combat.
He had 22.8 enemy aircraft destroyed to his credit and had earned the Sliver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
He was killed in a flying accident in July 1956 in Hazlehurst, Georgia.

Service

People

  • Louis Moore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    One-time crew chief for Fred Glover.

  • Louis Norley

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Lois Norley was from Conrad, Montana. He was assigned to the 4th Fighter Group, 336th Squadron, on 10 July 1943. it did not take long for him to acquire the nickname "Red Dog", not because his red hair, but for his propensity to lose money playing Red...

  • John Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant
    One-time Crew Chief for (then) Lt. Fred Glover's P-51 'Rebel Queen'.

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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. ...

  • Headquarters (8th Air Force)

    Headquarters (8th Air Force)


    8th Air Force Headquarters opened in London under the command of General Carl A Spaatz on 19 June 1942. It oversaw all Commands, Wings and Groups engaged in the Strategic Bombing Campaign until February 1944, when it became US Strategic Air Forces in...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

Aircraft

  • 42-106856

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost strafing Valence aerodrome, on pull out A/C seen to be streaming glycol, last seen heading for Switzerland. A/C abandoned 29 April 44 - Major Frederick W "Freddie" Glover Evaded MACR 5286.

  • 43-6652

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Shot down during an engagement with over 30 enemy aircraft. Not seen to go down. Pilot Lt Ernest P Skilton KIA. 16-Mar-44. MACR 3380.

  • 42-106894 'Daddy's Girl'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Named for Ray Wetmore's daughter Diane. Transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF as war weary, converted to 2 seat configuration. Crashed Debden 1-Apr-45 pilot Lt Fred Glover RTD.

  • 44-13317

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Baled Out Engine Failure 3/4miles East of Fordham, pilot Lt Gilbert L Kesler RTD, 18-Mar-45.

  • 43-12214 'Rebel Queen'

    P-51 Mustang
    One-time personal aircraft of pilot Lt Fred Glover and crew chief S/Sgt Louis Moore, of the 336th Fighter Squadron. Transferred to 555FS, 496FG, 8AF USAAF, war weary. Mid Air Collision crashed River Humber/Tideway, pilot Lt John D Daniel baled out, 26...

  • 44-64153

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of Major Frederick W Glover, Commanding Oficer of the 336th Fighter Squadron. Repainted as Godfrey's VF-P after VE Day & displayed in Paris.

  • 44-14787

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. This was the first P-51D assigned to Major Frederick W Glover.

  • 42-8488 'Lofty'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 87ATC, 27ATG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Lyle A Adrianse.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Asheville, NC, USA 4 December 1915
Lived in Asheville, NC, USA 1940
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 19 February 1944 – 2 June 1945

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

22.83 Victories France 16 March 1944 – 27 February 1945

16-Mar-44 — 2 ME-110’s
2-Nov-44 — 1 ME-163
21-Nov-44 — 3 ME-109’s
25-Dec-44 — 1 FW-190D
16-Jan-45 — 2 FW-190’s, 1 ME-109 (ground).
27-Feb-45 — 2 ME-109’s, 1 FW-190 (ground).

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 20 April 1944

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Evaded Capture 30 April 1944

Evaded (EVD) - crashed near Valence on 30 Apr 44 in P-51 42-106856

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 26 June 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Operations Officer Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 17 August 1944

Designated squadron Operations officer.

Commading Officer Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 24 August 1944

Appointed squadron C/O.

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 11 September 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 22 December 1944

Promoted to Major.

Died Hazlehurst, GA 31539, USA 7 July 1956

Killed in flying accident.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2017 15:28:12 robinwhiteside Changes to biography
Sources

You misspelled his hometown. It is Asheville. Two e 's. You spelled it ashville

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2016 10:04:38 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number, events and aircraft associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- 1000 Destroyed' by Capt. Grover C. Hall, Jr.;
- Fighter Aces of the U. S. A. and Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force ;
- MACR 5286;
- Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database;
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2016 21:30:44 WD-C Mustang Changes to middlename
Sources

Changed middle initial to full middle name
http://fourthfightergroup.freeforums.org/debden-pilot-roommates-t7.html

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2016 15:22:03 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/glover...

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 21:00:43 apollo11 Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 'Eighty-One Aces of the 4th Fighter Group' by Frank Speer.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/pilots.html

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