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Henry G Castle Jr

Military

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Detached Service 67FW. Transferred 555FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 5ERS, 8AF USAAF.. Transferred 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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. ...

  • 67th Fighter Wing
  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 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...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 376th Fighter Squadron
  • 487th Fighter Squadron
  • 555th Fighter Training Squadron
  • 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron

Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • Bottisham

    Military site : airfield
    The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Taylor County, TX, USA 4 October 1923

Henry G Snr and Mary M Castle.

Enlisted Abilene, TX, USA 12 August 1942
Crashed Wilmington International Airport (ILM), 1740 Airport Blvd #12, Wilmington, NC 28405, USA 6 August 1944

Mid Air Collision with Target tow Aerial Gunnery Rng, Bluethenthal Field, NC cat 3 damage 2Lt Henry G Castle, 6-Aug-44.

P-47D 42-22402 - 124BU 1AF

Based Bodney 26 November 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Bodney 1945 – 23 January 1945

Detached Service 67th Fighter Wing.

Based Goxhill 23 January 1945 – 29 January 1945

Transferred 495th Fighter Training Group

Based Halesworth 29 January 1945 – April 1945

Transferred 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron

Based Bottisham April 1945 – May 1945

Transferred 361st Fighter Group

End of War Europe May 1945
Buried 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75211, USA October 2003

Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery
Dallas
TX

Died Dallas County, TX, USA 16 October 2003

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2017 18:30:47 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/84817000-henry-g-castle
https://www.fold3.com/image/205403146?terms=Henry%20G%20Castle
https://www.fold3.com/record/58941507-henry-g-castle
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Castle%2C+Henry+G...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35092259/henry-g-castle

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2015 16:56:14 K Flynn Changes to media associations
Sources

Associated media from Bottisham Airfield Museum Collection

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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