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Littlefriends.co.uk Original 350 FS patch from Lt. Fry's A2. Col. Rimmerman asked for designs, Lt. Fry suggested the wolf with a halo through clouds. Lt. Blickenstaff drew it and it was adopted officially as seen.

Photo Lt. Fry
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 351st Fighter Squadron patch of Lt. William G Cobb.

Photo: Lt. Cobb's son Michael
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 351st Fighter Squadron. Lt. William G Cobb kneeling third from left and Lt. Rupert M Tumlin standing, second from right. Anybody else recognise themselves?

Photo: Lt. Cobb's son Michael
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 351st Fighter Squadron VE Day 1945.

Photo: Lt. John Galgan via Jerry Kaufman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk "A" Flight of 351st Fighter Squadron 1945 just about war's end: L-R (standing) Casey, Anderson, Anthony, Galgan, Inman. (on wing) Sharpe, Taylor, Fuchs, Highfield.

Photo: Lt. John Galgan via Jerry Kaufman
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Littlefriends.co.uk "A" Flight of 351st Fighter Squadron: L-R (standing) Lt. William J Christensen, Lt. George W Franklin, Lt. William G Cobb, Lt. Donald F Kohler, Lt. Nelson T Ott. (siting) Lt. Max B Hungate, Maj. Vic L Byers Jr, Lt. Rupert M Tumlin.

Photo: Lt. Cobb's son Michael
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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Frederick H LeFebre. 351st Fighter Squadron P-47D 42-7906 YJ-L "Chief Wahoo".

Photo: Maj. LeFebre
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William G Cobb "Doc". 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22781 YJ-P "Trisha".

Photo: Lt. Cobb's son Michael
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Glenn E Duncan. Headquarters Squadron. P-51D 44-73060 LH-X "Dove of Peace VIII".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Dwight A Fry. 350th Fighter Squadron. Seen here in the cockpit of his P-47D 42-8513 LH-Y "Eager Beaver". Lt. Fry was one of the original cadre of the 350th and the first to be assigned to LH-Y.

Photo: Lt. Fry
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John C Galgan Jr. "Jack". 351st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14593 YJ-V "Kitten".

Photo: Lt. John Galgan via Jerry Kaufman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John C Galgan Jr. "Jack". 351st Fighter Squadron. Seen here outside the building allocated to the 353rd "Clobber College".

Photo: Lt. John Galgan via Jerry Kaufman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Dwight A Fry. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8513 LH-Y "Eager Beaver". Seen here with Crew Chief S/Sgt. Ray Hall.

Photo: Lt. Fry
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Leroy B "Moose / Walrus" Highfield 351st Fighter Squadron. Seen here with friend "Whitey".

Photo: Lt. John Galgan via Jerry Kaufman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James G Bartley. 352nd Fighter Squadron. Callsign "Jockey 74". P-51D 44-14095 SX-B_ "Little Midget" (L) / "Missy" (R).

Photo: Lt. Bartley
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-14990 LH-A belly-landed by Lt. George W Robison due to engine failure at takeoff on 27 January 1945.

Photo: Lt. George Robison
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert F Unangst Sr. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26656 LH-D "Ernestyne". Crew Chief in photo is T/Sgt. Ken Dossett.

Photo: Lt. Bob Unangst
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert F Unangst Sr. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26656 LH-D "Ernestyne".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George W Robison. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14419 LH-F "Marilyn". Second in the series showing the name "Marilyn" painted on the front (L) cowl.

Photo: Lt. George Robison
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George W Robison. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14419 LH-F "Marilyn". First of a series of three photos taken by George after his belly landing in Belgium Christmas Day 1944. Forced landing due to engine failure.

Photo: Lt. George Robison
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George W Robison. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14419 LH-F "Marilyn". Last of the series clearly showing the serial and code letter "F". Note also that the paint job is exactly as Bill Price left it with the exception of the name change.

Photo: Lt. George Robison
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. William J Price. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26477 LH-F "Janie".

Photo: Lt. Chauncey Rowan
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. William J Price. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14419 LH-F "Janie".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lester M Grainger. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14969 LH-G "Lady Grace II". Named for his wife Grace. Crash-landed on the Dutch island of Texel 25 November 1944 by Lt. William L Miller.

Photo: Courtesy of the unknown German soldier who's shadow appears at the bottom and Jan Kortenhoeven, late of Texel, now of Lakeside Az.
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lester M Grainger. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14969 LH-G "Lady Grace II". Photo of starboard rear 3/4.

Photo: Courtesy of the unknown German soldier who's shadow appears at the bottom and Jan Kortenhoeven, late of Texel, now of Lakeside Az.
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph "Li'l Joe" L Furness. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7907 LH-J "Lonesome Polecat".

Photo: Lt. Chauncey Rowan
  
Littlefriends.co.uk F/O. Richard N Gustke. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72136 LH-K "Mokey too".

Photo: Richard J Gustke
  
Littlefriends.co.uk F/O. Richard N Gustke. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72136 LH-K "Mokey too".

Photo: Richard J Gustke
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph E "Jed" Dyer. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63197 LH-L "Mascara Maggie" with Harold Jung's Miss Ellen seen in background.

Photo: Capt. Dyer via Jim Reid
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph E "Jed" Dyer. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63197 LH-L "Mascara Maggie".

Photo: Capt. Dyer via Jim Reid
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph E "Jed" Dyer. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63197 LH-L "Mascara Maggie". Jed named his P-51 for his mother who at one time worked at Elizabeth Arden cosmetics in New York.

Photo: Capt. Dyer via Jim Reid
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Joseph E "Jed" Dyer. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63197 LH-L "Mascara Maggie".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk War weary P-51B 42-106902 LH-O from the "Clobber College" seen arriving at BAD1 - Burtonwood to be scrapped at war's end.

Photo: Martin Kyburz - Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harold F "Jungo" Jung. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15671 LH-P "Miss Ellen". S/Sgt George Knepple c.c. with "Miss Ellen".

Photo: Capt. Jung via Jim Reid
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harold F "Jungo" Jung. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15671 LH-P "Miss Ellen". Capt. Jung with c.c. S/Sgt Knepple.

Photo: Capt. Jung via Jim Reid
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harold F "Jungo" Jung. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15671 LH-P "Miss Ellen".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Col. Wayne K Blickenstaff. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74647 LH-U "Soubrette". Artwork by the pilot!

Photo Col Blickenstaff
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Col. Wayne K Blickenstaff. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74647 LH-U "Soubrette". Artwork by the pilot!

Photo Col Blickenstaff
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William C Davis. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72392 SX-V "Aurora Houn' Dog". S/Sgt Horton seen in photo.

Photo: Lt. Chauncey Rowan
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Glenn E Duncan. Headquarters Squadron. P-51D 44-73060 LH-X "Dove of Peace VIII".

Photo: Lt. John Galgan via Jerry Kaufman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edward H "Zilch" Duke Jr. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11193 LH-Y "My Frans". Pictured Raydon December 1944 post mission: Sgt. Ogden (c.c.), Lt. Duke, Sgt. Gogalak (a.c.c.)

Photo: Lt. Duke via Jim Reid
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edward H "Zilch" Duke Jr. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11193 LH-Y "My Frans".

Photo: Lt. Duke via Jim Reid
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Howard Hakonen. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11193 LH-Y "Beautiful Dope".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George W Robison. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11193 LH-Y "Marilyn II ". This was Ed Duke's "My Frans" and became Howard Hakonen's "Beautiful Dope". Flying George's wing is Capt. "Jed" Dyer in his "Mascara Maggie".

Photo: Lt. George Robison
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Dwight A Fry. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8513 LH-Y "Eager Beaver". Lt. Fry was shot down in this a/c on 14 October 1943. After shooting one of two FW190s off of Lt. Blickenstaff's tail, the second FW forced Lt. Fry to bail out at 800 ft. He managed to evade and thanks to the resistance, returned to the Group in March 1944.

Photo: Lt. Fry
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard A Stearns. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8499 LH-Y "The Georgia Peach".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 350th Fighter Squadron. S/Sgt Steve Sirola by P-51D 44-##### LH-# "The Little Witch".

Photo: Lt. Chauncey Rowan
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Interesting detail taken from main photograph appearing on page 262 of Warren M Bodie's book "Republic's P-47 Thunderbolt From Seversky to Victory". Soubrette is now LM-V and said to be the mount of Lt. Robert M Cherry of the 56th FG 62nd FS. Seems that the artwork was appreciated in the 56th as well!

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Another shot of Soubrette in 56th colours. This time from the starboard side, showing that Col. Blick's artwork was retained in its entirity.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Howard P Maree. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-##### YJ-# "Liberty Run".

Photo: Lt. Maree
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George W Robison. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11193 LH-Y "Marilyn II ".

Profile by Nick King
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Edward H "Zilch" Duke Jr. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11193 LH-Y "My Frans".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. William J Price. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14419 LH-F "Janie". Maj. Bill Price with Sgt. Lee, Armorer & Sgt. Patton, Crew Chief.

Photo: Maj. Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Ben Rimerman. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26422 LH-E.

Photo: Lt. Chauncey Rowan
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George W Robison. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14419 LH-F "Marilyn". This was Maj. Bill Price's a/c "Janie" which was assigned to George after Bill completed his second tour. It was eventually written off when George belly-landed it in Belgium on 25 December 1944.

Photo: Lt. George Robison
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Chauncey Rowan. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76280 LH-D_ "Jenny". Chauncey went down in this a/c due to flak damage on 21 May 1944 to become a POW.

Photo: Lt. Chauncey Rowan
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-47D "Rum Hound" of 353rd Fighter Group. Squadron unknown but thought to be 351st. Artwork on cowl is "Goofy" drinking bottle of rum. Information wanted on aircraft / pilot details.

Photo: Pat Murray - taken by his father whilst with 440th Service Group
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-47D "Rum Hound" of 353rd Fighter Group. Squadron unknown but thought to be 351st. Photo showing lettering style. Information wanted on aircraft / pilot details.

Photo: Pat Murray - taken by his father whilst with 440th Service Group
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard A Stearns. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8499 LH-Y "The Georgia Peach".

Photo: Lt. R.A Stearns
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Richard A Stearns. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8499 LH-Y "The Georgia Peach". The Georgia Peach's Crew S/Sgt. Ogden & S/Sgt. Gocolak. Nose art is Varga's well known "missing right arm" gatefold from June 1943 Esquire magazine.

Photo: Lt. R.A Stearns
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James G Bartley. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14095 SX-B_ "Little Midget" (L) "Missy" (R).

Photo: Lt. Bartley
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James G Bartley. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-73103 SX-B_ "Little Midget" (L) "Missy" (R). Lt. Bartley with Sgt. McBride, Assistant Crew Chief (L) and Sgt. Jefferys, Armourer (R) with a later a/c.

Photo: Lt. Bartley
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James G Bartley. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14095 SX-B_ "Little Midget" (L) "Missy" (R).

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lindsay W Grove. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14963 SX-D_ "Miss Jackie II".

Photo: Lt. Bartley via Ernie Nackord
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank A Bouldin Jr. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14495 SX-I "Dallas Doll". Perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing of all P-51D photos?

Photo: Lt. George Robison
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John E Davenport. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103363 SX-M "Lucky Leaky II".

Photo: Keith & Kirk Davenport
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John E Davenport. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103363 SX-M "Lucky Leaky II".

Photo: Keith & Kirk Davenport
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John E Davenport. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51C 42-103363 SX-M "Lucky Leaky II".

Photo: Keith & Kirk Davenport
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Anthony R Rosatone. 352nd Fighter Squadron. 44-15587 P-51D SX-U "Stasia II". Capt. Rosatone was lost in this aircraft on 18 January 1945 during the Ardennes offensive. The crash site has never been found and Capt. Rosatone is therefore still officially MIA. Any and all information regarding this event is wanted by his nephew Lou Rosatone.

Photo: Lou Rosatone
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Anthony R Rosatone. 352nd Fighter Squadron. 44-15587 P-51D SX-U "Stasia II". Photo taken from a 1945 calendar and shows "Stasia II " as SX-U and not SX-S as shown in published works.

Photo: Lou Rosatone
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Anthony R Rosatone. 352nd Fighter Squadron. 44-15587 P-51D SX-U "Stasia II".

Photo: Lou Rosatone
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jack Terzian. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-22469 YJ-Z "Marty".

Photo: Lt. Williams
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Anthony R Rosatone. 352nd Fighter Squadron. Pictured with unidentified P-47.

Photo: Lou Rosatone
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert F Unangst Sr. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26656 LH-D "Ernestyne".

photo: Lt. Bob Unangst
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Victor L Byers. 351st Fighter Squadron. Vic seen here with his P-47D "Hawkeye". This could be 42-7958 YJ-V or 43-25557 YJ-V both of which carried this name.

Photo: Maj Vic Byers
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Monroe Q Williams. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-##### YJ-# "Willie the Wolf".

Photo: Lt. Williams
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Monroe Q Williams. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-##### YJ-# "Willie the Wolf".

Photo: Lt. Williams
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George N Ahles. 351st Fighter Squadron. 42-26246 P-47D YJ-A "Lonesome Polecat IV".

Photo: Lt. Ahles' grandson David L McCloskey
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George N Ahles. 351st Fighter Squadron. 42-8619 P-47D YJ-A "Lonesome Polecat". Photo is of earlier aircraft.

Photo: Lt. Ahles' grandson David L McCloskey
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George N Ahles. 351st Fighter Squadron. 42-26246 P-47D YJ-A "Lonesome Polecat IV".

Photo: Lt. Ahles' grandson David L McCloskey
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John W Bishop. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75815 YJ-E "Patrica Baby". No not a typo, as close examination of the photo will confirm that there is no "i" between the c and a. An enigma this one. Any information will be gratefully received.

Photo: Frederik Paauwe
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Leroy B "Moose / Walrus" Highfield 351st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44- 14728 YJ-I "Persuader".

Photo: Lt. John Galgan via Jerry Kaufman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Leroy B "Moose / Walrus" Highfield 351st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44- 14728 YJ-I "Persuader". Close up of nose art showing Bugs Bunny character.

Photo: Lt. John Galgan via Jerry Kaufman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William K Lahke. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75676 YJ-K "Janny M".

Photo: Michael Cobb
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Frederick H LeFebre. 351st Fighter Squadron P-47D 42-7906 YJ-L "Chief Wahoo".

Photo: Maj. LeFebre
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James E Frye 351st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14706 YJ-M "Ginny". Lt. Frye was killed in action flying this a/c on 19 March 1945 when he crashed into the North Sea.

Photo: Lt. George Robison
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harold E Daniel. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26566 YJ-M "Ticket Home".

Photo: Capt. Daniel's son Doug Daniel
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William G Cobb "Doc". 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75857 YJ-P "Trisha".

Photo: Lt. Cobb's son Michael
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Francis N "Pete" King. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D in photo could be either 42-7972 or 42-75161 both YJ-P "Gator Bait". Crew Chief Sgt. Walter Helfin peers over the fuselage. 42-75161 was lost on 5 February 1944 when Lt. Edgar J Albert was KIA whilst flying it.

Photo: James Honl
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Cletus W Peterson 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-75149 YJ-P_ "Double S".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-47D 42-75149 YJ-P_ "Double S" pictured on 23 April 1944 - the day that Lt. Peterson became a POW.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John C Galgan Jr. "Jack". 351st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14593 YJ-V "Kitten".

Photo: Lt. John Galgan via Jerry Kaufman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Walter C Beckham. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8476 YJ-X "Little Demon". Running the engine up is crew chief S/Sgt. Henry E Bush Jr.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Col. Wayne K Blickenstaff. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74647 LH-U "Soubrette". Artwork by the pilot!

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Details of this photo at present unknown. Information needed please.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harold W Chase 351st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14610 YJ-Z "Sweet Marie".

Photo via Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harold W Chase 351st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14610 YJ-Z "Sweet Marie". Marie seen here on 15 February 1945 having been bellied in at Raydon by Lt. John G Lancaster

Photo via Roger Freeman
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Chauncey Rowan. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76280 LH-D "Jenny".

Photo via Graham Cross
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Chauncey Rowan. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76280 LH-D "Jenny".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 353rd P-51 landing at Raydon under the eyes of the caravan truck crew.

Photo: Bob Bryant
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Flight of 353rd P-51s landing at Raydon alongside the caravan truck.

Photo: Bob Bryant
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 353rd Mustangs roll out for their take-off run at Raydon

Photo: Bob Bryant
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Delbert E Harris Jr. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D serial# currently unknown SX-H "Happy Go Lucky.

Photo: Lt. Harris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Glenn E Duncan. Headquarters Squadron. P-47D 42-8634 LH-X "Dove of Peace IV".

Photo: Bob Bryant
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Glenn E Duncan. Headquarters Squadron. Col. Duncan is not known to have had a B model Mustang but this one is captioned as Col. Duncan setting off on a practice dive-bombing fligt. Note the P-47 in the background and the ubiquitous form of transport parked on the grass to the right!

Photo: Bob Bryant
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Taken at Metfield in February 1944, this publicity shot records the staged meeting of the then two leading aces of the 8th - (L) Maj. Walker M Mahurin of the 56th FG's 63rd FS and (R) the 353rd's Maj. Walter C Beckham from the 351st FS. This must have been taken prior to the 22 February as Maj. Beckham was hit by flak to become a POW on that date. Maj. Mahurin followed suit being downed on 27 March near Chartres but managed to evade capture.

Photo: Bob Bryant
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Roland J Lanoue. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15519 LH-H "Fran 2nd". A well known photo but thanks to Bob Bryant I have been able to show "Fran" at a reasonable resolution as this is a photo still very worth displaying.

Photo: Bob Bryant
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank A Bouldin Jr. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28798 SX-I "Miss Mary Marie". Photographed during the summer of 1944, this a/c was Lt. Bouldin's assigned a/c prior to the change over to P-51s when his choice of name was changed to the well known "Dallas Doll". Note the Raydon control tower in the background of this shot.

Photo: Ashley Gant
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Frank A Bouldin Jr. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-28798 SX-I "Miss Mary Marie". Crew member seen here is a.c.c. Sgt. George Gardner.

Photo: Ashley Gant
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Variation of 350th Fighter Squadron patch also in use during the war and seen on the squadron ready room wall.

Artwork: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Arthur C Cundy. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15092 SX-B_ "Alabama Rammer Jammer". Lt. Cundy was killed in action on 11 March 1945 when he was forced to ditch in the Channel.

Photo: Kelley Davenport
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert C Hassell Jr. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14726 SX-E_ "Johnnie".

Photo: Kelley Davenport
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Albert B Brimer. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11353 LH-Z "Jayhawk Jalopy". Named by Lt. Brimer for his home State of Kansas.

Photo: Lt. Albert B Brimer via Bryan Brimer
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Albert B Brimer. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11353 LH-Z "Jayhawk Jalopy". Lt. Brimer is seen leaning on the wing. Other officer is currently unknown.

Photo: Lt. Albert B Brimer via Bryan Brimer
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Albert B Brimer. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11353 LH-Z "Jayhawk Jalopy". Sitting on the wing is crew chief S/Sgt. Smith. This photo was taken at Kaufburen, Germany post war where Lt. Brimer was transferred to the 55th FG for occupation duty.

Photo: Lt. Albert B Brimer via Bryan Brimer
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gene E Markham 351st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14949 YJ-Q "Mr Gary".

Photo: Kevin Markham via Graham Cross
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gene E Markham 351st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72171 YJ-Q "Mr Gary II". This a/c was a replacement for 44-14949 "Mr Gary" which was lost on 24 February 1945 when Lt. Raymond Hilgenberg was KIA whilst flying it.

Photo: Kevin Markham via Graham Cross
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William J Jordan. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8396 SX-T "Lucky". The P-47 in the background is SX-L "Anne" of Capt. Harrison B "Bud" Tordoff. Unfortnately, the serial # of this a/c is currently unknown

Photo: USAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Donald Barber. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14742 SX-M_ "Gloria Ann II"

Photo: Don Barber via John Davenport
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-40F-15-CU 41-19784 at Langley Field, VA during 1943. The Stars & Stripes on the side are unusual as this was a marking used for the operation "Torch" landings in North Africa in 1942. This particular a/c is depicted with the original Packard-Merlin V-1650-1 fitted but it later had an Allison V-1710-81 engine fitted after the original Merlin had worn out, thus turning it into a P-40R-1

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-47B 41-6062 also based at Langley Field, VA during 1943, a foretaste of their operational equipment when posted to the ETO.

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Captain William J "Mickey" Maguire. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8385 YJ-M "Boston Bull". Capt. Maguire with his Crew Chief.

Photo: Graham Cross
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Captain William J "Mickey" Maguire. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8385 YJ-M "Boston Bull". Photo of Capt. Maguire in "Boston Bull" taken from the waist gunner's position of a B-17.

Photo: Leo Maguire via Joe Crihfield
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Captain William J "Mickey" Maguire. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26126 YJ-M "Boston Bull". Capt. Maguire having the traditional "last cigarette before the off".

Photo: Leo Maguire via Joe Crihfield
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Captain William J "Mickey" Maguire. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14569 YJ-M "Lil Boston Bull". This a/c was lost on 21 March 1945 when flown by F/O Bruce A Eddy who became a POW. Capt. Maguire's replacement a/c was 44-14893

Photo: Graham Cross
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Glenn E Duncan. Headquarters Squadron. P-51D 44-73060 LH-X "Dove of Peace VIII".

Photo: Laurent Boulestin
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Glenn E Duncan. Headquarters Squadron. P-51D 44-73060 LH-X "Dove of Peace VIII". Note that the P-51 behind has 353rd FG nose markings but carries the code CL-V of 55th Fighter Group.

Photo: Laurent Boulestin
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Albert B Brimer. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11353 LH-Z "Jayhawk Jalopy". Lt.Brimer seen here with his aircraft.

Photo: Bruce C. Radebaugh
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74706 YJ-N “Babe”. Assigned pilot of this a/c currently unknown. Photo most likely taken on the same mission from the same B-17 as the photo of Capt. Maguire’s YJ-M "Boston Bull" seen higher up the page.

Photo: Joe Crihfield
  
Littlefriends.co.uk By way of a change on this site, one of the Luftwaffe losses is illustrated. There is no clear photo of this a/c but Nick King’s profile depicts the Me262 as it would have looked at the time of its demise. Shot down by Capt. Carl W Mueller, 350th Fighter Squadron, at Rheine airfield on 6 October 1944, this Me262A-2a Werke No. 170117 and coded 9K +XL of 3.staffel /KG(J) 51. was piloted by Fw. Joachim Fingerloos who bailed out wounded. Capt. Mueller in turn suffered mechanical trouble on 24 October 1944 and bellied in south-east of Munich in Lt. Rafferty’s 44-14770 LH-M “Fern Marie III” to become a PoW. (Me262 detail via Me262 Combat Diary)

Profile: Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John M Balason, 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14793 LH-J “Miss Betsy D”. Lt. Balason was hit by flak near Bielefeld on 22 February 1945 to become a PoW.

Photo: Hugh Muir
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Arthur E Ferrell. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D "Vicki Jane 3rd" . Serial # and code letter currently unknown. Lt. Ferrell also had an earlier P-47 named "Vicki Jane" of which the code and part serial # is also unknown.

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John L Shilt. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11155 LH-# "Minnehaha". Code letter for this a/c currently unknown.

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Dewey E Newhart. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76141 LH-D "Mud n' Mules". View of left side of cowling prior to application of group markings. Crew Chief S/Sgt Baker seen on wing.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Dewey E Newhart. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76141 LH-D "Mud n' Mules". Right hand side of the cowling depicts the rear-end of the mule. Capt. Newhart was killed in action on 12 June 1944 in Wayne Blickenstaff's LH-U "Soubrette" and LH-D was reassigned to Capt. Lonnie M Davis as LH-Q. Capt. Davis renamed the a/c "Arkansas Traveller" but kept the mule artwork out of respect for Capt. Newhart.

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Dewey E Newhart. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76141 LH-D "Mud n' Mules". View of right side of cowling prior to application of group marking showing rear end of the mule. This view was sadly over-painted when the a/c was reassigned to Capt. Lonnie M Davis (see below).

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Lonnie M Davis. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76141 LH-Q "Arkansas Traveller". See previous two captions.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Roland J Lanoue. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47 LH-H "Fran / Doady". Serial # currently unknown.

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Marvin V Bledsoe. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26581 LH-J "Little Princess".

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-11160 LH-J "Star Dust". No other details currently available.

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Harry E Haynes. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-11204 LH-M "Hey Bolo!".

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William F "Wild Bill" Tanner. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26472 LH-O "Prudence V". This a/c was transferred to 78th FG as MX-I when the 353rd converted to P-51s but surprisingly it retained the name. It was subsequently passed on to the 56Th FG when the 78th converted and finally met its fate when it crashed in Belgium on 5 December 1944.

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William F "Wild Bill" Tanner. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72212 LH-O "Prudence 7th". As far as is known, Tanner's "Prudence 7th" was the only 353rd FG a/c treated with camouflaged top surfaces. It is thought this was done in readiness for a proposed redeployment to the Continent. The effectiveness of this or otherwise can be seen in the next two shots.

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William F "Wild Bill" Tanner. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72212 LH-O "Prudence 7th". Flight of four 350th FS a/c over their home base of Raydon giving a good plan view of "Prudence 7th".

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William F "Wild Bill" Tanner. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72212 LH-O "Prudence 7th". A three flight formation this time with "Prudence 7th" almost lost against the background in this B&W photo.

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Louis W Lee. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14690 LH-Q_.

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Herbert G Kolb. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15137 LH-R "Baby Duck".

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Melvin W Hightshoe. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15516 LH-X "Danny Boy 2nd".

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. William J Weaver. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-74615 YJ-B "My Best Bett".

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John G Trietz. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7987 YJ-J "Jeannie".

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William K Lahke. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14781 YJ-U "Janny M". This a/c was reassigned to Lt. Rohrs. See below.

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt Col. Shannon Christian. Headquarters Unit. P-47D 42-8395 YJ-S "Cookie".

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. John W Rohrs. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14781 YJ-U "Don Helen". Lt. Rohrs was killed in action flying this a/c on 2 March 1945.

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Walter C Beckham. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-8476 YJ-X "Little Demon".

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt Col. William B Bailey. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14303 SX-B "Double Trouble". This a/c was lost on 3 February 1945 when Maj. Leslie W Seppala became a POW, being replaced by "Double Trouble Two", the better known of the two a/c thanks to the "warbird" scene and the Smithsonian!

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lindsay W Grove. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14963 SX-D_ "Miss Jackie II".

Photo: Dick Atkins
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Clifford F Armstrong. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7904 SX-F "8 Gun Melody".

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gordon S Burlingame. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14620 SX-M "Davy Don Chariot".

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Leroy C Pletz. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11624 SX-M_ "Donna-mite".

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Luther Avakian. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76195 SX-Y " The Mole / Lucky / Father Bill". Photo shows flak damage to left tailplane/elevator. Lt Avakian was not so lucky on 7 June 1944 when he was killed in action whilst flying this a/c.

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Donald E Lewis, Westlake, OH. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14430 YJ-P.

Photo: Lt. Lewis via grandson Maxwell Neal
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jesse W Gonnam. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76394 SX-U “Gwen” named for his wife. Lt. Gonnam seen in the cockpit of “Gwen” with unknown crew chief.

Photo: Kerry Gonnam
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jesse W Gonnam. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-76394 SX-U “Gwen” named for his wife. The three crew members are currently unidentified.

Photo: Kerry Gonnam
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-14700 LH-B of 350th Fighter Squadron. Assigned pilot of this a/c currently unknown.

Photo: via Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Rupert M Tumlin. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-26027 YJ-D_ "Georgie Fay". This a/c was lost on 5 August 1944 with Lt. John J Hatch being KIA.

Photo: Bill Price
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William K Lahke. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14781 YJ-U "Janny M". Poor quality photo but it at least confirms the markings of “Janny M”.

Photo: Tom Ivie
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. William K Lahke. 351st Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14781 YJ-U "Janny M".

Photo: Tom Ivie
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 350th Fighter Squadron P-47D 42-26668 LH-H "Skipper". The assigned pilot of this P-47 is currently unknown but it was lost on 29 August 1944 with Capt. William D Smith being KIA.

Photo: Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Horace Q Waggoner. 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14802 SX-X “Miss Illini III”. Capt. Waggoner seen here on the left with Lt. Arthur C Cundy in front of the latter’s “Alabama Rammer Jammer”

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Douglas A Makikuhna, 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14642 SX-A “Ethel”.

Photo: Sandy Kuhna
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Douglas A Makikuhna, 352nd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14642 SX-A “Ethel”, named for Miss Ethel Johnson, his future wife. Nice aquatinted study of this P-51 taken immediate post-war as can be seen by the anti-buzz codes under the wing.

Photo: Sandy Kuhna
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Robert AW Abernathy, 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15589 LH-Q “Lady Gwen II”, a replacement for the first “Lady Gwen” 44-14811 also LH-Q and lost on 24 March 1945 with Lt. John P Onkley becoming a POW. Seen in front of Lady Gwen II are (L) F/O. Glenn E Stapp of the 351st FS and (R) Lt. William A Manahan of the 350th FS. Both pilots were very late replacements in the 353rd FG but still managed five and six missions respectively.

Photo: NARA
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Lester M Grainger, 350th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15529 LH-G “Lady Grace 3rd”, a replacement for “Lady Grace II” 44-14969 LH-G, lost on 25 November 1944 on the island of Texel with Lt. William W Miller becoming a POW. See photos higher up on page. Crew members seen with Lt. Grainger are currently unidentified.

Photo: NARA
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert C Peters, Wayne County, MI., 350th Fighter Squadron. Details of any a/c assigned to Lt. Peters are currently unknown, but he was killed in action following his tenth mission, in P-47D 42-7908 LH-T on 14 October 1943. Lt Peters almost made it back to Metfield but crash-landed at Herongate, Essex due to damage and possibly injury received during the raid on Schweinfurt.

Photo: Chris Magewick
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ralph T Allison, Arkadelphia, AR., P-51D 44-14654 LH-S “Molly M”. This aircraft was on lost 24th October 1944, with Lt. Robert W Hedler being KIA. Capt. Allison’s replacement aircraft was 44-63896 also LH-S and named “Molly M”. On him completing his tour of duty, it was reassigned to Lt. Wiley H. Grizzle, Jr. who renamed it “The G Nat”. Lt. Grizzle was killed in action whilst flying it on 24 March, 1945.

Photo: Mack Allison
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Wilfred F Hurst, Homer, IL. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7940 LH-M “Colleen” named for his girlfriend. Capt. Hurst was killed in action whilst flying it on 3 February 1944. “Colleen” seen here with another example of the 350th FS logo.

Photo: Dana Rosnett
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Wilfred F Hurst, Homer, IL. 350th Fighter Squadron. P-47D 42-7940 LH-M “Colleen” named for his girlfriend. Capt. Hurst is seen here with his crew members who are currently unidentified.

Photo: Dana Rosnett
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Wiley H Grizzle Jr., El Paso, TX, 350th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-63896 LH-S “The G Nat”. Lt Grizzle was killed in action flying this aircraft on 24th March 1945. He is seen here in the usual “publicity” style photo wearing Lt.Col. Ken Gallup’s Mae West.

Photo: Mack Allison
  


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