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John A Felton

Military

Joined RCAF 1940, Assigned to 185 Sqn RAF Malta defense. 50 missions. Credited 1 x Ju88 Strait of Messina. Transferred USAAF, assigned to 309FS, 31FG, 15AF USAAF. Credited 1 x destroyed. Spitfires and P-51 Mustangs. Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 309th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-7020

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 309FS, 31FG, 15AF USAAF. Destroyed during take off, San Severo, Italy 16-Apr-44 F/O John A Felton.

Associated Place

  • High Ercall

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1939-41 for the RAF, as a combined fighter station and Maintenance Unit base, High Ercall had three tarmac runways, 23 hardstandings, two T2 hangars and 24 other hangars of various types. Occupied by the RAF from October 1940, it was...

  • Westhampnett

    Military site : airfield
    Acquired in 1938 as an Emergency Landing Ground for RAF Tangmere, Westhampnett was upgraded to satellite status in 1940. It had eventually three grass runways, 19 pan hardstandings, 32 small pens, and one T1 plus eight over-blister hangars. Occupied by...

  • San Severo

    Military site : airfield

  • Tarquinia

    Military site : airfield

  • Hal Far

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Camden County, NJ, USA 1921
Enlisted Canada 1940

Joined RCAF 1940.

Lived in New Jersey, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort Dix, NJ, USA 19 March 1941

Fort Dix
New Jersey

Based Hal Far 1942 – October 1943

Assigned to 185 Sqn RAF. Defense of Malta.

E/A Destroyed Mediterranean Sea, Italy September 1943

Ju88 destroyed Messina Straits.

Based Tarquinia October 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 309FS, 31FG, 15AF USAAF.

Crashed 71016 San Severo, Province of Foggia, Italy 16 April 1944

Take Off Accident San Severo, Italy Cat 5 damage F/O John A Felton, 16-Apr-44.

P-51B 43-7020 - 309FS 31FG 15AF.

E/A Destroyed 21 April 1944

E/A destroyed 21-Apr-44.

Crashed 71030 Zapponeta FG, Italy 21 April 1944

Belly landing out of fuel. 21-Apr-44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2017 21:37:37 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/85964559_john_a%20felton/details/
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Felton%2C+John+A&...
Woodbine Red Leader: A P-51 Mustang Ace in the Mediterranean Theater by George Loving

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