Of the fifteen Fighter Groups assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 339th was the last but one to arrive in the UK, setting up home at Station 378, Fowlmere, Cambs., where they remained for the duration of their tour of duty in the ETO. Flying their first operational mission on 30 April 1944, the 339th lost no time in making their presence felt, racking up a score of forty enemy aircraft destroyed air-air, and fifteen on the ground, within their first thirty days of combat. The Group finished the war with a total of 233.5 destroyed in the air and 359 on the ground, for the loss of 61 pilots killed in action and 32 made prisoners of war.
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Post war, the Association formed by those who served in the unit, has been one of the best run and best supported of all the 8th AF fighter groups. Richard “Slick” Penrose set the trend by making early, almost pioneering use of the Internet to publicise the group, and the Association Newsletter, edited initially by Jim Starnes and latterly by Steve Ananian, has developed into a quality production that others can only hope to emulate.
339th Fighter Group Commanding Officers:
Col. John B Henry Jr., August 1943 – April 1945
Lt.Col. William C Clark, April 1945 – September 1945