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53rd Fighter Squadron

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  • 36th Fighter Group

    36th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...

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  • Verlan Bathurst

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 36th Fighter Group
    Verlan E Bathurst was born on November 17, 1921 in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. ...

  • Albert Benneyworth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). Transferred to 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Manuel Bretana

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 36th Fighter Group
    Killed in action during a dive bombing mission near Bergheim Germany. Bretana was leading the flight when he strafed a locomotive, after firing on the locomotive he pulled away from the target and his aircraft went into a nose dive. His aircraft...

  • Robert Brunner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 36th Fighter Group
    Missing in action on 25 January 1945. His P-47 Thunderbolt was last seen over Nemmenick, Germany.

  • Bob Burns

    Military | 36th Fighter Group

  • Robert Carr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 36th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Wahn, Germany as the flight was rolling in to the attack they were set upon by Fw190's, jettisoning their bombs he was shot down and crashed near Wahn. MACR 11446.

  • Jack Crow

    Military | 36th Fighter Group

  • B Curtis

    Military | First Lieutenant | 36th Fighter Group
    First Lieutenant B C Curtis served with the 53rd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group.

  • Beverly Curtis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 36th Fighter Group
    Beverly Connell Curtis was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and moved to Tampa, Florida as a child. He worked as a swimming teacher before enlisting in the US Army Air Forces in July 1942. Curtis was assigned to the 53rd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter...

  • Richard Deabler

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 36th Fighter Group
    Richard Deabler served as a fighter pilot with the 53rd Fighter Squadron of the 36th Fighter Group. He was the CO of that Squadron when was killed on his second mission on 21 May 1944. He was flying in P-47D 42-25886. See Missing Air Crew Report 5011.

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Aircraft

  • 41-6194 'Death Takes a Holiday'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-75860 'Lucky Boy' 'Shoo Shoo Baby'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Wahn, Germany as the flight was rolling in to the attack they were set upon by Fw190's, jettisoning their bombs pilot 2Lt Robert S...

  • 44-20230

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 41-6244

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-74718

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF. Assigned to Lt. Cecil Manning 4FG 335 FS September 1943 per his logbook.

  • 44-19750

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-76113

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF. Written off in Landing accident Kingnorth/Sta 418 6-Jun-44.

  • 42-28458

    P-47 Thunderbolt

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Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 10:10:46 PhillWray Changes to unit encompassing associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:50 AAM AAM ingest
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