339th Fighter Group



 

 

339th
FIGHTER GROUP


(Version provisoire - en construction)
235 victoires

 

 

 

 

 

503 Fighter Squadron
(98 vict)

Nom Grade Unité Date Ennemi Avion d'arme TOP Nbr Vict
AITKEN JOHN JR Major 503FTR 08-05-1944 - - European 2
AITKEN JOHN JR Major 503FTR 09-11-1944 - - European 1
ALLEN BERNICE A 1st Lt 503FTR 12-31-1944 - - European 1
AMMON ROBERT H 1st Lt 503FTR 09-23-1944 - - European 2
AMMON ROBERT H 1st Lt 503FTR 09-28-1944 - - European 2
AMMON ROBERT H 2nd Lt 503FTR 06-08-1944 - - European 1
BEAVERS EDWARD H JR 1st Lt 503FTR 07-25-1944 - - European 1
BEAVERS EDWARD H JR 1st Lt 503FTR 09-23-1944 - - European 1
BEAVERS EDWARD H JR Captain 503FTR 11-18-1944 - - European 1
BEAVERS EDWARD H JR Captain 503FTR 11-26-1944 - - European 2
BEHREND WILLIAM W 1st Lt 503FTR 08-06-1944 - - European 1
BROWN ROBERT B 1st Lt 503FTR 05-24-1944 - - European 0.5
BRYAN WILLIAM E JR 1st Lt 503FTR 05-24-1944 - - European 0.5
BRYAN WILLIAM E JR 1st Lt 503FTR 05-30-1944 - - European 2
BRYAN WILLIAM E JR Captain 503FTR 06-21-1944 - - European 1
BRYAN WILLIAM E JR Captain 503FTR 08-05-1944 - - European 1
BRYAN WILLIAM E JR Captain 503FTR 12-31-1944 - - European 1
BRYAN WILLIAM E JR Major 503FTR 03-02-1945 - - European 2
BUSH JERRY P 1st Lt 503FTR 07-07-1944 - - European 0.5
CAMPBELL JOHN C JR 1st Lt 503FTR 04-17-1945 - - European 1
CHETNEKY STEVE J 1st Lt 503FTR 03-02-1945 - - European 1
CLOUD CARL E Captain 503FTR 09-11-1944 - - European 1
COE CHARLES S 1st Lt 503FTR 11-26-1944 - - European 1
COE CHARLES S 2nd Lt 503FTR 09-11-1944 - - European 1.5
EDENS MALCOLM B Captain 503FTR 11-26-1944 - - European 2
ERICKSON EARL E 1st Lt 503FTR 09-05-1944 - - European 0.5
ERICKSON EARL E 1st Lt 503FTR 09-11-1944 - - European 1
FRICKEL PAUL D 1st Lt 503FTR 08-06-1944 - - European 1
FIORITO LEONARD J 1st Lt 503FTR 06-15-1944 - - European 1
FIORITO LEONARD J 1st Lt 503FTR 08-04-1944 - - European 1
FRENCH LLOYD J 1st Lt 503FTR 11-26-1944 - - European 1
GERARD FRANCIS R 1st Lt 503FTR 08-16-1944 - - European 1
GERARD FRANCIS R 1st Lt 503FTR 09-11-1944 - - European 4
GERARD FRANCIS R 1st Lt 503FTR 03-02-1945 - - European 2
GERARD FRANCIS R Captain 503FTR 03-18-1945 - - European 1
GOKEY JOHN W 1st Lt 503FTR 03-02-1945 - - European 1
GRAHAM ETHELBERT H JR 1st Lt 503FTR 05-24-1944 - - European 0.5
GRAHAM ETHELBERT H JR 1st Lt 503FTR 09-11-1944 - - European 1
HARTE ALLAN S JR Captain 503FTR 09-12-1944 - - European 1
HAWKINS ANTHONY G Captain 503FTR 12-31-1944 - - European 1
HENDERSON HARVEY E Lt Colonel 503FTR 11-26-1944 - - European 2
JOHNSON DONALD W * Captain 503FTR 11-26-1944 - - European 3
JOHNSON RAYMOND G 1st Lt 503FTR 04-07-1944 - - European 1
KNOTT CLARENCE W 1st Lt 503FTR 05-24-1944 - - European 0.5
KNOTT CLARENCE W 1st Lt 503FTR 06-29-1944 - - European 1
KRAUSS RICHARD E 1st Lt 503FTR 04-07-1945 - - European 1
MARSH LESTER C 1st Lt 503FTR 09-23-1944 - - European 1
MARSH LESTER C 1st Lt 503FTR 11-18-1944 - - European 1
MARSH LESTER C 1st Lt 503FTR 11-26-1944 - - European 3
MAYER RAYMOND D 2nd Lt 503FTR 09-11-1944 - - European 2
MAYER RAYMOND D 2nd Lt 503FTR 09-23-1944 - - European 1
MCCLISH DONALD E 1st Lt 503FTR 09-11-1944 - - European 0.5
MCELWEE FRANCIS E 2nd Lt 503FTR 03-18-1945 - - European 1
MEYER VICTOR W 1st Lt 503FTR 06-15-1944 - - European 1
MEYER VICTOR W 1st Lt 503FTR 06-29-1944 - - European 2
OSTROW NATHAN 2nd Lt 503FTR 09-05-1944 - - European 1.5
PETITT PHILIP E 1st Lt 503FTR 11-26-1944 - - European 1
PETITT PHILIP E 1st Lt 503FTR 04-07-1945 - - European 1
POUTRE LAWRENCE 1st Lt 503FTR 03-02-1945 - - European 3
POUTRE LAWRENCE 1st Lt 503FTR 04-07-1945 - - European 1
PREDDY WILLIAM R 2nd Lt 503FTR 03-02-1945 - - European 1
PRICE JACK B 1st Lt 503FTR 09-11-1944 - - European 1
REYNOLDS JOHN R Major 503FTR 07-25-1944 - - European 1
ROBINSON JAMES G Captain 503FTR 09-11-1944 - - European 1
SCRUGGS HAROLD W Major 503FTR 05-24-1944 - - European 0.5
SHAFER DALE E JR Captain 503FTR 11-18-1944 - - European 1
SHAFER DALE E JR Lt Colonel 503FTR 04-18-1945 - - European 1
SHAFER DALE E JR Major 503FTR 03-18-1945 - - European 1
SHAKE CHARLES E 2nd Lt 503FTR 05-24-1944 - - European 0.5
STEPHENSON ENOCH B JR Captain 503FTR 07-25-1944 - - European 1
STEPHENSON ENOCH B JR Captain 503FTR 08-06-1944 - - European 1
STILLWELL FRANK M 1st Lt 503FTR 11-18-1944 - - European 1
STILLWELL FRANK M 1st Lt 503FTR 11-26-1944 - - European 1
WEST RODNEY C 1st Lt 503FTR 06-21-1944 - - European 1
WHITELAW RICHARD S 1st Lt 503FTR 05-24-1944 - - European 0.5
WHITELAW RICHARD S 1st Lt 503FTR 06-08-1944 - - European 1
WILSON JOHN P 1st Lt 503FTR 11-26-1944 - - European 2
WOLFORT JOSEPH 1st Lt 503FTR 05-24-1944 - - European 0.5
WRIGHT LYLE M 1st Lt 503FTR 05-21-1944 - - European 1
WYATT VALDEE Captain 503FTR 06-15-1944 - - European 1
WYATT VALDEE Captain 503FTR 07-07-1944 - - European 0.5
WYATT VALDEE Captain 503FTR 07-25-1944 - - European 1

 

504 Fighter Squadron
(52 vict)

Nom Grade Unité Date Ennemi Avion d'arme TOP Nbr Vict
ALLERS LORNE W 2nd Lt 504FTR 12-31-1944 - - European 1
ATTEBERRY RAY N 2nd Lt 504FTR 06-07-1944 - - European 1
ATTEBERRY RAY N 2nd Lt 504FTR 07-29-1944 - - European 1
BALL MELVILLE R 1st Lt 504FTR 06-08-1944 - - European 1
BALLARD JEROME J 1st Lt 504FTR 03-18-1945 - - European 1
BARTO VERNON N 1st Lt 504FTR 03-20-1945 - - European 1
BARTO VERNON N 1st Lt 504FTR 04-07-1945 - - European 0.5
BATES ARTHUR W JR 1st Lt 504FTR 11-26-1944 - - European 1
BENNETT CARROLL W 1st Lt 504FTR 03-30-1945 - - European 1
CALDWELL MERLE F 1st Lt 504FTR 07-07-1944 - - European 2
CARTER LYLE M 1st Lt 504FTR 04-07-1945 - - European 1
CRESWELL RAYMOND H 1st Lt 504FTR 04-07-1945 - - European 1
CROKER ROBERT C 1st Lt 504FTR 04-04-1945 - - European 0.5
EISENHART LEE D 1st Lt 504FTR 06-29-1944 - - European 1
EVERSON KIRKE B JR Captain 504FTR 04-04-1945 - - European 0.5
EVERSON KIRKE B JR Captain 504FTR 04-07-1945 - - European 1
GRAVETTE EDGAR B Major 504FTR 05-30-1944 - - European 1
GREER NILE C 1st Lt 504FTR 03-21-1945 - - European 1
GREER NILE C Captain 504FTR 04-04-1945 - - European 1.5
GRIFFITH WALTER B 2nd Lt 504FTR 05-24-1944 - - European 1
GUERNSEY FRANK D Captain 504FTR 04-07-1945 - - European 1
HAVIGHURST ROBERT C 2nd Lt 504FTR 04-04-1945 - - European 1
HERRMANN RAY F 1st Lt 504FTR 11-02-1944 - - European 1
HERRMANN RAY F 1st Lt 504FTR 12-31-1944 - - European 2
HUNTER CHARLES M 1st Lt 504FTR 08-16-1944 - - European 1
KUNZ LEONARD A 2nd Lt 504FTR 04-07-1945 - - European 0.5
LANGOHR BILLY E 1st Lt 504FTR 04-04-1945 - - European 0.5
MEAD CHARLES M 1st Lt 504FTR 11-18-1944 - - European 1
O'SULLIVAN WALTER R JR 2nd Lt 504FTR 05-19-1944 - - European 1
PENNY DONALD E 1st Lt 504FTR 08-06-1944 - - European 1
PENNY DONALD E 1st Lt 504FTR 11-02-1944 - - European 1
PENROSE RICHARD C 2nd Lt 504FTR 08-16-1944 - - European 1
PETER LEWIS S JR Captain 504FTR 06-07-1944 - - European 1
ROUTT BILL C Captain 504FTR 05-21-1944 - - European 2
ROUTT BILL C Major 504FTR 07-07-1944 - - European 1
ROUTT BILL C Major 504FTR 08-16-1944 - - European 1
RUTAN FREDERICK S JR 1st Lt 504FTR 07-29-1944 - - European 2
SARGENT ROBERT F Captain 504FTR 03-30-1945 - - European 1
STEVENS BRADFORD V 1st Lt 504FTR 05-30-1944 - - European 2
STEVENS BRADFORD V Captain 504FTR 09-12-1944 - - European 1
STOCKMAN HERVEY S 1st Lt 504FTR 07-29-1944 - - European 1
STOCKMAN HERVEY S 1st Lt 504FTR 08-16-1944 - - European 1
THIBERT HENRY G 1st Lt 504FTR 06-21-1944 - - European 1
WAYMIRE HARVEY R 1st Lt 504FTR 06-15-1944 - - European 1
WILCOX RICHARD H 1st Lt 504FTR 07-07-1944 - - European 2
WINKELMAN MYER R 2nd Lt 504FTR 08-06-1944 - - European 1
WOOD ROBERT T 2nd Lt 504FTR 08-06-1944 - - European 1
ZEINE DONALD A 1st Lt 504FTR 08-06-1944 - - European 1

 

505 Fighter Squadron
(85 vict)

Nom Grade Unité Date Ennemi Avion d'arme TOP Nbr Vict
ANANIAN STEPHEN C 1st Lt 505FTR 02-09-1945 - - European 1
BIGGS OSCAR K 1st Lt 505FTR 04-07-1945 - - European 0.5
BLINE J BROOKS Captain 505FTR 04-07-1945 - - European 1
BUNDGAARD CARL H 1st Lt 505FTR 11-21-1944 - - European 1
BUNDGAARD CARL H 1st Lt 505FTR 11-26-1944 - - European 1
CARR VERNON D 1st Lt 505FTR 03-12-1945 - - European 0.5
COKER JOSEPH R F/O 505FTR 03-12-1945 - - European 1
COREY HARRY R Captain 505FTR 04-04-1945 - - European 1
DANIELL J S 1st Lt 505FTR 11-26-1944 - - European 5
DOWELL CHARLES W Captain 505FTR 11-18-1944 - - European 0.5
EVERETT HAROLD M 2nd Lt 505FTR 05-09-1944 - - European 1
EVERETT HAROLD M 2nd Lt 505FTR 05-21-1944 - - European 1
EVERETT HAROLD M 2nd Lt 505FTR 05-24-1944 - - European 2
FARMER OWEN P JR 2nd Lt 505FTR 06-27-1944 - - European 0.5
FARMER OWEN P JR Captain 505FTR 03-12-1945 - - European 1.5
FISH WESLEY G 2nd Lt 505FTR 06-27-1944 - - European 0.5
GIRZI HENRY E JR 2nd Lt 505FTR 11-26-1944 - - European 1
GRAHAM GERALD E 2nd Lt 505FTR 06-29-1944 - - European 0.5
HANSEMAN CHRIS J 1st Lt 505FTR 06-10-1944 - - European 1
HANSEMAN CHRIS J 2nd Lt 505FTR 05-21-1944 - - European 2
HANSEMAN CHRIS J 2nd Lt 505FTR 05-24-1944 - - European 2
HANSON JAMES R 1st Lt 505FTR 05-21-1944 - - European 1
HANSON JAMES R 1st Lt 505FTR 06-08-1944 - - European 0.5
HOLLOWAY JOHN G 1st Lt 505FTR 08-04-1944 - - European 1
HRICO GEORGE J 2nd Lt 505FTR 05-25-1944 - - European 0.5
IRION ROBERT E 1st Lt 505FTR 03-20-1945 - - European 1
JAASKELAINEN WILLIAM 1st Lt 505FTR 06-08-1944 - - European 1
JOHNSON EVAN M V 1st Lt 505FTR 05-24-1944 - - European 1
JOHNSON EVAN M V 1st Lt 505FTR 06-10-1944 - - European 0.5
JOHNSON EVAN M V 1st Lt 505FTR 06-29-1944 - - European 1
JOHNSON EVAN M V 2nd Lt 505FTR 05-19-1944 - - European 1.5
JOHNSON EVAN M V Captain 505FTR 11-18-1944 - - European 1
JONES WILLIAM A 1st Lt 505FTR 06-08-1944 - - European 1
JONES WILLIAM A 2nd Lt 505FTR 05-09-1944 - - European 1
KRAUSS WILLIAM H 1st Lt 505FTR 07-29-1944 - - European 0.5
LARSON DONALD A Captain 505FTR 05-13-1944 - - European 1
LARSON DONALD A Major 505FTR 05-24-1944 - - European 3
LARSON DONALD A Major 505FTR 07-28-1944 - - European 1
LARSON DONALD A Major 505FTR 08-04-1944 - - European 1
LOVELESS PHILIP M JR 1st Lt 505FTR 11-26-1944 - - European 0.5
LYNCH JAMES L 1st Lt 505FTR 05-21-1944 - - European 2.5
MALARZ CHESTER 1st Lt 505FTR 11-21-1944 - - European 0.5
MARTS JAY F 1st Lt 505FTR 03-02-1945 - - European 2
MCMAHON PETER J 2nd Lt 505FTR 06-06-1944 - - European 2
MCMAHON PETER J 2nd Lt 505FTR 06-08-1944 - - European 1.5
MUDGE WILLIAM F JR 2nd Lt 505FTR 05-21-1944 - - European 0.5
MUDGE WILLIAM F JR 2nd Lt 505FTR 05-25-1944 - - European 0.5
MUDGE WILLIAM F JR 2nd Lt 505FTR 06-06-1944 - - European 1
MULLER JAMES B 2nd Lt 505FTR 08-04-1944 - - European 0.5
OLANDER RICHARD B 1st Lt 505FTR 06-08-1944 - - European 0.5
OLANDER RICHARD B 1st Lt 505FTR 07-11-1944 - - European 0.5
OLANDER RICHARD B Captain 505FTR 09-12-1944 - - European 1
OPITZ WILLIAM R 2nd Lt 505FTR 06-08-1944 - - European 0.5
PALMER GERALD W F/O 505FTR 11-18-1944 - - European 0.5
PERRY GORDON F 2nd Lt 505FTR 05-21-1944 - - European 0.5
PESANKA JOHN F/O 505FTR 03-12-1945 - - European 1
PHILLIPPI WILLIAM R 2nd Lt 505FTR 11-26-1944 - - European 1.5
POWELL LAWRENCE J JR 1st Lt 505FTR 09-23-1944 - - European 1
POWELL LAWRENCE J JR 2nd Lt 505FTR 08-04-1944 - - European 1.5
REID LANGHORNE JR Captain 505FTR 05-21-1944 - - European 0.5
REID LANGHORNE JR Captain 505FTR 06-06-1944 - - European 1
REID LANGHORNE JR Captain 505FTR 06-10-1944 - - European 0.5
RICH GEORGE T 1st Lt 505FTR 11-18-1944 - - European 1
RICH GEORGE T 1st Lt 505FTR 11-21-1944 - - European 0.5
SIROCHMAN ANDREW 1st Lt 505FTR 06-08-1944 - - European 0.5
SIROCHMAN ANDREW 1st Lt 505FTR 06-29-1944 - - European 0.5
STARNES JAMES R 1st Lt 505FTR 08-04-1944 - - European 1
STARNES JAMES R 2nd Lt 505FTR 05-19-1944 - - European 0.5
STARNES JAMES R 2nd Lt 505FTR 05-21-1944 - - European 1
STARNES JAMES R 2nd Lt 505FTR 05-29-1944 - - European 1
STARNES JAMES R 2nd Lt 505FTR 06-08-1944 - - European 1
STARNES JAMES R 2nd Lt 505FTR 07-29-1944 - - European 0.5
STARNES JAMES R Captain 505FTR 03-02-1945 - - European 1
STILES BERT 1st Lt 505FTR 11-26-1944 - - European 1
STRONG ROLAND W 2nd Lt 505FTR 05-21-1944 - - European 1
TANNOUS RICHARD H 1st Lt 505FTR 09-23-1944 - - European 1
THURY JOSEPH L Captain 505FTR 05-29-1944 - - European 1
THURY JOSEPH L Captain 505FTR 06-27-1944 - - European 1
THURY JOSEPH L Lt Colonel 505FTR 04-07-1945 - - European 0.5
THURY JOSEPH L Major 505FTR 07-11-1944 - - European 0.5
TONGUE ARTHUR E JR 2nd Lt 505FTR 08-04-1944 - - European 2
TOWER ARCHIE A 1st Lt 505FTR 06-08-1944 - - European 1.5
WITHERS JOHN C 1st Lt 505FTR 03-02-1945 - - European 0.5
ZIEGLER HARRY D 1st Lt 505FTR 03-02-1945 - - European 0.5

 

Of the fifteen Fighter Groups flying combat operations in the 8th Air Force at the end of the War in Europe, the 339th was the fourteenth assigned, beginning combat operations on April 30, 1944, and ending on April 21, 1945, not quite a year. Some of the early Fighter Groups began combat operations in late 1942 and early 1943. The Fighter Groups which began combat operations early had more time and opportunities to run up their tally of enemy aircraft destroyed over what the later arriving Fighter Groups could achieve. But based upon a rate of enemy aircraft destroyed per unit of time, some of the late arrivals did very well.

On this basis, the 339th ranks seventh out of fifteen in the destruction of enemy aircraft in the air and first out of fifteen in the destruction of enemy aircraft on the ground and, also, first in the combined total for air and ground. In the air the 339th received confirmation on 233.5 enemy aircraft destroyed and on the ground 423.5, a combined total of 657 enemy aircraft destroyed.

The Aces were :

503rd Fighter Squadron

Captain Robert H. Ammon 5 destroyed
Captain Edward H. Beavers 5 destroyed
Major William E. Bryan 7½ destroyed
Captain Francis R. Gerard 8 destroyed
1/Lt Lester C. Marsh 5 destroyed
L/Col Dale E. Shafer 7 destroyed

504th Fighter Squadron

L/Col William H. Julian 5 destroyed

505th Fighter Squadron

1/Lt J. S. Daniell 5 destroyed
1/Lt Chris J. Hanseman 5 destroyed
Captain Evan M. Johnson 5 destroyed
Major Donald A. Larson 6 destroyed
Captain James R. Starnes 6 destroyed

The 339th destroyed almost twice as many German aircraft on the ground as in aerial combat. This made for more impressive individual pilot totals than those scored in the air. L/Col Joseph L. Thury, 505th Squadron CO, was second highest in the 8th Air Force with 25½ destroyed on the ground; the highest scorer being L/Col Elwyn Righetti of the 55th Fighter Group with 27 destroyed.

The 339th Fighter Group started combat operations with 87 pilots. Casualties and combat tour completion required replacement pilots and 261 of these made a total of 348 pilots who flew on combat operations with the 339th during the War.

The Commander of the 339th Fighter Group was Col. John B. Henry, Jr.

Air Force Assigned to: 8th AF (March '44 - end WWII)

Stations flown from: Fowlmere, England

Campaigns: American Theatre
Air Offensive, Europe
Normandy
Northern France
Rhineland
Arnennes-Alsace
Central Europe

Decorations: Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 10-11 Sept. '44

 



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