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364th Fighter Group Gallery

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Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Ernest E Bankey Jr. 385th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-73045 5E-B "Lucky Lady VII".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Gerald W Fine. 385th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15493 5E-J "Jeanne II" 5E-O (bar over) is P-51K 44-11619 "Boilermaker Special" of Lt. Robert W Boydston.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Warren E Kremer. 385th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15726 5E-X "Lady Eleanor".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 384th Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-11567 5Y-P "Dana Kay".

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. David W Williams. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14076 5Y-W_ "Dot".

Photo: Jim Heard
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. David W Williams. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-38J 42-67232 5Y-W_ .

Photo: Jim Heard
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Warren E Kremer. 385th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15726 5E-X "Lady Eleanor". Photo taken during August 1944 whilst training at Hillsboro AAFB Tampa FL.

Photo: Lt. Kremer
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Roy Osborne. Group Headquarters. P-51D 44-13933 N2-O "Billy Boy". NOTE This a/c has been listed by historians as 44-13923 which of course was the well known "Big Beautiful Doll" of John Landers with the 55th and 357th FGs and thereby adding to the confusion. Close examination of a poor quality photo though has shown N2-O to be as listed here and therefore not connected with the 55th or 357th FGs.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 383rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15559 N2-T.

 
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. David W Williams. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-38J 42-67232 5Y-W_ .

Photo: Jim Heard
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John M Stuckrath. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13988 5Y-S. This a/c was eventually reassigned as 5Y-V to Lt. Littleton L Lefforge who named it "Just Plain L".

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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Loren R Wilson. 383rd Fighter Squadron. P-38J 42-67978 "Mim" (L) "Betty A III" (R).

Photo: Joe Kuhn via Peter Celis
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Thomas P Farrell. 385th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14336 5E-U. This photo appears to have been taken at East Wretham as it was in the files of the 359th FG Association. The a/c must have put down at Station 133 due to the damage seen here. Althogh this a/c was assigned to Capt. Farrell, it cannot be certain that it is he in the photo. Unfortunately, I have no record of this incident.

Photo: 359th Fighter Group Association
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Ellis J Wheless. 383rd Fighter Squadron. P-51K 44-##### N2-V "Blue Bonnet Belle II"

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 383rd Fighter Squadron. Nice in flight shot of N2-A, N2-E, N2-W and N2-V (possibly "Y").

Photo: Paul Miller
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. John C Hunter 383rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13707 N2-E. When Capt. Hunter received his new a/c 44-15578 also N2-E, this a/c was reassigned to Lt. Clyde K Voss as N2-A and which he named "Lady Dorothy IV"

Photo: Paul Miller
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Col. Roy Osborne. Group Headquarters. P-51D 44-13933 N2-O "Billy Boy".

Photo: Paul Miller
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Bruce C Ward. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14032 5Y-W "My Norma". Photographed with "My Norma" are (L-R) Standing: Lt. John L Grimshaw; Lt. Lawrence E Muskavitch; Capt. George Z Schroeder; Capt. Ward; Lt. Harry C Schwartz; & Capt. Richard L Stiefvater. Kneeling: Capt. Daniel L Leftwich & Lt. William E Randolph.

Photo: Paul Miller
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Earl H Miller. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13998 5Y-M_ "Silver Streak".

Photo: Paul Miller
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Earl H Miller. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13998 5Y-M_ "Silver Streak". Lt. Miller seen here with his crew chief Sgt. William M Cantrell.

Photo: Paul Miller
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Earl H Miller. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13998 5Y-M_ "Silver Streak".

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Samuel J Wicker. 383rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14243 N2-W "Bettye Jo IV".

Photo: USAAF
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Jasper E Hargrove. 385th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13853 5E-H "Dottie B II".

Photo: Jasper Hargrove via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Jasper E Hargrove. 385th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14299 5E-H "Dottie B II". This appears to be a case where the panel with the name has been transposed from one a/c to its replacement. Still Dottie B II but the "last four" of the serial show this P-51D to be 44-14299 and not 44-13853 as seen in the photo above.

Photo: Jasper Hargrove via Danny Morris
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Arthur B McCormick. 385th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15179 5E-L "Look Homeward Angel II". From L-R: Capt. Eugene Murphy; Maj. William S Crombie; Capt. Jasper E Hargrove; Capt. Arthur B McCormick; Lt. Gerald W Fine and Lt. Stanley J Houck.

Photo: Michael Hargrove
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Laurel H Phipps. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### 5Y-Y "California Coaster".

Photo: Capt. Laurel Phipps via Patrick Braden
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Laurel H Phipps. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### 5Y-Y "California Coaster". As the serial # for this a/c is currently unknown, the squadron symbol on the tail has been placed in the normal position for the 384th FS. Serial will be added when known.

Profile by Nick King
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Laurel H Phipps. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### 5Y-Y "California Coaster".

Photo: Capt. Laurel Phipps via Patrick Braden
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 383rd Fighter Squadron seen in 1945. See enlargement for line-up.

Photo: George O Warner
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George O Warner 383rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-63278 N2-W_ "Miss McKock".

Photo: George O Warner
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Elmer O Bowers. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13822 5Y-B_ Lt. Bowers became MIA in this a/c on 19 September 1944. This particular P-51 is said to have been named "Mustang" but not visible in this shot. What is visible though is the "Varga" girl in front of the National Insignia. Another one for the decal manufacturers? In the background is P-51D 44-14147 5Y-A.

Photo: Martin Kyburz - Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 44-13933 N2-O Shack Lassie of 383rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned pilot of Shack Lassie is currently unknown but it was previously "Billy Boy" of Col. Roy Osborne.

Photo: Srdjan Kragojevic
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Carl H Leo. Mjölby, Sweden. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-38J 43-28372 5Y-B “Leo” (L) “Melba Lee” (R)

Photo: Björn Leo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Carl H Leo. Mjölby, Sweden. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-38J 43-28372 5Y-B “Leo” (L) “Melba Lee” (R)

Photo: Björn Leo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Carl H Leo. Mjölby, Sweden. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13999 5Y-B.

Photo: Björn Leo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Carl H Leo. Mjölby, Sweden. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13999 5Y-B.

Photo: Björn Leo
  
Littlefriends.co.uk P-51D 5E-J of 385th Fighter Squadron. A number of P-51s carried the J code in the 385th so the identity of this particular one remains uncertain. Names of the crew members in shot would be welcome if anyone recognises them.

Photo: Martin Kyburz – Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk An unusual photo taken from the 364th FG unit history. One of a pair showing a crew member with the two sorts of drop tanks used but thankfully also including a P-47 allocated to the Group in the background which bears the unit nose markings. This is P-47D 42-8615, at one time with the 78th FG 84th FS where it was WZ-E “My Baby”, the assigned a/c of Lt. Robert O Laho. What it is doing with the 364th in unclear but it could possibly be for conversion purposes prior to any redeployment to the Far East post VE Day.

Photo: 364th FG Association
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Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Richard L Stiefvater, Batavia, NY. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15276 5Y-T "Batavia Blitz", named for his Hometown, Batavia, NY. Capt. Stiefvater is on the left in this photo of "C Flight". On the right,straddling the wheel is Lt. Roland A Henderson, but as to who the others are, information is needed.

Photo: John Craycroft
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Charles B Craycroft. Flight Surgeon, 384th Fighter Squadron.

Photo: John Craycroft
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Group of 364th ground staff as yet unidentified in respect of functions. Seen from L-R (Rear Row) Graves, Gustie, Mornsten, Bobey, McGannery, unk, Geary, unk, unk, Scott, Craycroft, Colberton, Lumley, unk, Schwartz, Rogers. (Middle) Wittenbrice, Pendegrast, Dane, Richards, Broten, Brown, Walker, Halloran, Cartour, unk. (Front) Witcher, Wycoff, Spitalua, Pucket, Walworth, Sine.

Photo: John Craycroft
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert M McKibben, Pittsburgh, PA. 385th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### 5E-# “Smoky City Kitty”.

Photo: Bob McKibben
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert M McKibben, Pittsburgh, PA. 385th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### 5E-# “Smoky City Kitty”.

Photo: Bob McKibben
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Robert M McKibben, Pittsburgh, PA. 385th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-##### 5E-# “Smoky City Kitty II”.

Photo: Bob McKibben
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eugene Murphy. 385th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14862 5E-E “Jersey Bouncer”. Lt. Murphy is seen here and in the next photo with Lt. McKibben.

Photo: Bob McKibben
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Eugene Murphy. 385th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-14862 5E-E “Jersey Bouncer”.

Photo: Bob McKibben
  
Littlefriends.co.uk To compliment the shot seen further up the page, a 385th FS P-47 is seen bearing the squadron code letters. Unfortunately no other details are known but note the design on the wheel hub and what appears to be the tail end of a coloured flash just above the wing.

Photo: Martin Kyburz – Swiss Mustangs
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Capt. Daniel L. Leftwich, 384th Fighter squadron. P-51D 44-13998 5Y-M_ “Silver Streak”. When Lt. Earl H. Miller rotated home, his a/c was reassigned to Capt. Leftwich who retained the name. In this photo, it can be seen that Lt. Miller’s name has been removed from the canopy rail but Capt. Leftwich’s not yet applied.

Photo: Paul Miller
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Earl H Miller. 384th Fighter Squadron

Photo: Patrick Miller
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Maj. Ernest E Bankey Jr. 385th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-73045 5E-B "Lucky Lady VII".

Photo: Tom Butz
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Earl H Miller. 384th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13998 5Y-M_ "Silver Streak". Nice full side view of Silver Streak.

Photo: Paul Miller
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Col. George F Ceuleers, HQ Unit. P-51D 44-15020 N2-D_ “Blonde Bomber”.

Photo: Robert Lister via Kevin Brower
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Col. George F Ceuleers, HQ Unit. P-51D 44-15020 N2-D_ “Blonde Bomber”.

Photo: Robert Lister via Kevin Brower
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Seen here with the squadron logo are radio man Vincent Brinker on the left with ground crew members Haynes, Levine, and Blue of the 385th Fighter Squadron.

Photo: Henry Brinker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Line up of 385th Fighter Squadron radio men. Vincent Brinker is fith from the left in the rear row. Information needed to identify the others.

Photo: Henry Brinker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Unidentified P-38J of 385th Fighter Squadron named “Billy Ruth”. Radio man Vincent Brinker seen in the cockpit.

Photo: Henry Brinker
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Curtis L Smart, 385th Fighter Squadron P-51D 44-64077 5E-V “Estrellita III”.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Curtis L Smart, 385th Fighter Squadron P-51D 44-64077 5E-V “Estrellita III”.

Profile: Zbigniew Kolacha
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Loren R Wilson, 383rd Fighter Squadron. P-38J 42-67978 N2-K “Mim” (L) “Betty A II” (R). Photo of starboard side markings to compliment the port view seen higher up on this page.

Photo: Little Friends Collection
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Loren R Wilson, 383rd Fighter Squadron. P-38J 42-67978 N2-K “Mim” (L) “Betty A II” (R).

Profile: Zbigniew Kolacha
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jack O Eubanks, Birmingham, AL, 385th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13962 5E-S “Bloody Rebel!” This aircraft was lost on 28 September 1944 when Lt. Glenn W Loucks was killed in action over Germany, just nine days after joining the squadron.

Photo: Dan Johnson
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Jack O Eubanks, Birmingham, AL, 385th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-13962 5E-S “Bloody Rebel!”. Artwork is the well known Varga portrait of the girl with the missing right arm.

Profile: Dan Johnson
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. Olen E Henson, 384th Fighter Squadron, P-51K 44-11751 5Y-H “Kitty Blue Eyes” named for his wife.

Photo: Dan Johnson
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt.Col. Joseph B McManus, Drexell Hill, PA., 383rd Fighter Squadron & HQ Unit, P-51K 44-11762 N2-M “Clam Winkle”.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk 383rd Fighter Squadron P-51D 44-13933 N2-O “Shack Lassie”. Previously named “Billy’s Boy” of Col. Roy W Osborn, it is not yet known who it was reassigned to. It was lost on 18 December 1944 when it suffered a crash-landing due to engine failure at Honington with Lt. Mark E Coates, Fresno, CA., at the controls.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James L McCubbin, Kansas City, MO., 385th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-11242 5E-F “Mary-Al”.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. James M Fowle, San Francisco, CA., 384th Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-14184 5Y-Q “Terry Claire III”.

Photo: Jack Cook
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George E Smith, Texarkana, TX, 383rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15399 N2-R “Southern Belle”.

Photo: Ronald Smith
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Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George E Smith, Texarkana, TX, 383rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15399 N2-R “Southern Belle”. The “Belle” is seen here on her hardstanding, demonstrating the difficulty experienced by historians due to the application of the squadron geometric symbol over the serial number.

Photo: Ronald Smith
  
Littlefriends.co.uk Lt. George E Smith, Texarkana, TX, 383rd Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-15399 N2-R “Southern Belle”. Lt. Smith seen here with his crew chief S/Sgt. Robert Parsons.

Photo: Ronald Smith
  


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