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Harold James Morris

Military

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Harold Morris studied at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond City. After two years at College there, he moved to Pensacola, Florida. He enlisted in the Air Corps in January 1942 in Oklahoma and followed training courses as a fighter pilot. Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, he was first assigned on 9 January 1943 to the 353rd Fighter Group / 351st Fighter Squadron. On 17 March 1943, he was involved in a taxiing accident piloting P-47C # 41-6485 at Millville AAB in New Jersey. Sent overseas, he served in that Group until January 1944, being credited with 2 Me109s damaged in air combat, one on 19 August, another on 20 October 1943. Transferred to the 78th Fighter Group / 82nd Fighter Squadron to Duxford. Flying with the 83rd Squadron, Lt Morris shared with Lt Boyd W. Sorenson the destruction in flight of a German Fw190 fighter on a bomber escort mission to Metz on 25 April 1944. Harold Morris was killed on a fighter-bomber mission 26 July 1944 when he wasn’t able to pull out of a dive after strafing a truck on a road near the French-Belgian border.

Service

People

  • Boyd Sorenson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 2906th Observation Training Group
    Boyd Sorenson studied at Pipestone High School and enlisted in the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force). Transferred from RCAF to U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 as a fighter pilot. Assigned to the 78th Fighter group / 83rd Fighter Squadron. Flew 89 missions in...

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Units served with

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 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 ...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron
  • 82nd Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-26461

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47 # 42-26461 of 78th Fighter Group / 82nd Fighter Squadron was piloted by 1st Lt Harold J. Morris when it was lost on a fighter-bomber mission 26 July 1944 to attack fuel dumps at Fournival, Bois de Mons and Givet (France, close to the Belgian...

  • 42-76587 Thrup'ny Bit

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Lost 18 Sept 44 - Lt. John R Loegering (POW)

Missions

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...

  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Oklahoma, United States 26 August 1921
Lived in Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, United States 1941
Enlisted Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States 20 January 1942

in the Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet

Killed In Action 2km West of Roly, Belgium 26 July 1944

in the crash of P-47 # 42-26461, unable to pull out of a fast dive at a German truck

Buried Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2016 15:52:41 ED-BB Changes to media associations
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Associated MEDIA

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2016 15:51:30 ED-BB Changes to media associations
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Added MACR page 2

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2016 14:38:33 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 6844
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII Casualties – Florida
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/AARmonthly/Mar1943S.htm
https://353rdfightergroup.wordpress.com/351st-fs/

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 14:56:03 ------- Changes to unit associations
Sources

353rd FG Records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6844 / MACR 7600 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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