An Ace, Lt. Col. Roy W. Evans, Deputy Group Commander and Flying Executive of the 359th Fighter Group, joined the Group on 4 October 1944. He flew 18 combat missions with the 359th before being hit by flak and bailing out on 14 Februray 1945. The Colonel was captured and held as a POW in Stalag 9-C in Bad Sulza Saxed-Weimar.
Having previously served with the RAF and the 4th Fighter Group, Lt. Col. Evans claimed one aerial victory with the 359th FG and five with the 4th FG.
The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...
Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
As a youth, he was raised on a ranch near Santa Rosa, California. When his parents separated, he and his siblings lived with an English couple. While working at the railroad he wanted to be able to serve in defence of his country, so he took up...
Military site : airfield
East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...