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Lewis William Chick Jr


Lt Col USAF retired AAC-AAF-USAF 1937- 1958
ETO Jan 1943 - Dec 1943 (4th FG & 355th FG)
MTO Dec 1943 - July 1944
CO 317th FS 325th FG
6 air kills (all ME-109s) while flying P-47D s/n 42-76021 #10 "Rocky"


Units served with

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 325th Fighter Group

    325th Fighter Group

    The 325th was first activated as the 325th Fighter Group at Mitchel Field, New York in August 1942 with the 317th,[7] 318th,[8] and 319th Fighter Squadrons[9] assigned. It trained at Hillsgrove Army Air Field with Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft[10]...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter 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...

  • 317th Fighter Squadron

    317th Fighter Squadron

    The 317th Fighter Squadron was activated on 1 July 1942 at Theodore Green Airport, Providence, Rhode Island, as part of the 325th Fighter Group, the "Checker Tails". After six months of intensive training in the P-40 Warhawk, the 317th embarked for...


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...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

  • Mateur

    Military site : airfield

  • Lesina

    Military site : airfield

  • Soliman

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Dallas, TX, USA 31 March 1917
Crashed 555 E. Street East, JBSA Randolph, TX 78150, United States 28 July 1937

Landing Accident Ground Loop Randolph Field, TX Cat 5 damage Lt Lewis W Chick Jr, 28-Jul-37.

PT-3A 29-67 - 53SchSq

Crashed Ancon, Urb. Parque Corporativo , (Antigua Avenida Gaillard) Local 601, Ave. Omar Torrijos No.60, Panamá, Panama 22 December 1941

Landing Accident due to Mech Failure Albrook Field, CZ Cat 4 damage Capt Lewis W Chick Jr, 22-Dec-41.

P-40C 41-1350 - 24PS 16PG

4th FG Combat Tour Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK 21 January 1943 – 22 April 1943
355th FG Combat Tour Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 7 October 1943 – 3 December 1943
325th FG Combat Tour 71010 Lesina FG, Italy 3 December 1943 – 29 March 1944

6 Victories

Crashed Portland International Airport (PDX), 7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218, USA 11 December 1944

Take Off Accident Portland AAF, OR Cat 3 damage Maj Lewis W Chick Jr, 11-Dec-44

C-47B 43-49521 - 432BU

Crashed Bangor International Airport, 287 Godfrey Blvd, Bangor, ME 04401, USA 8 January 1948

Take Off Accident due to Engine Failure Dow Field, ME Cat 4 damage Maj Lewis W Chick Jr, 8-Jan-48.

P-84B 45-59541 - 48FS 14FG

Died Blanco, TX 78606, USA 14 November 1999


Date Contributor Update
05 March 2021 02:35:09 fugari Changes to middlename, nickname, role, biography, awards, unit associations, place associations and media associations

JCook Photo Collection & Archives

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2018 20:38:03 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2017 15:00:19 Lucy May Changes to biography

1996 355TH FG Assoc. Directory / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2016 23:25:32 466thHistorian Changes to service number

Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2016 01:53:45 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
"Checkertails" - Ernest R. McDowell - Page #35

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27 September 2014 18:18:54 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /