353rd Fighter Group

The Slybird Group / Bill's Buzz Boys

Station

Metfield from 3 August 1943 to 12 April 1944
Raydon from 12 April 1944 to 10 October 1945

Station Callsigns

Boyhood (Metfield)
Cockle (Raydon)

Group Callsigns

Slybird to 22 April ’44 then:
Jonah (A Group)
Keylock (B Group)
Muffin (C Group)
(No Squadron Callsigns in C Group)

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350th Fighter Squadron

Code:
LH
Callsign:
  • Pipeful to 22 April '44 then:
  • Seldom (A Group)
  • Persian (B Group)

351st Fighter Squadron

Code:
YJ
Callsign:
  • Roughman to 22 April '44 then:
  • Lawyer (A Group)
  • Squirrel (B Group)

352nd Fighter Squadron

Code:
SX
Callsign:
  • Wakeford to 22 April '44 then:
  • Jockey (A Group)
  • Bullring (B Group)

Total Records: 569

Serial No Type Squad Sqd Code Pilot Rank/Given Names Markings Comments MACR
42-26533 P-47D 352 SX-D Knoble Lt. Joseph L Little Chum Lost 1 Aug 44 - F/O. Kenneth Ames KIA 8198
42-26566 P-47D 351 YJ-M Daniel Capt. Harold E Ticket Home
42-26570 P-47D 352 SX-O Greenwood Lt. Raymond P Lost in this a/c 12 Aug 44 - POW 7607
42-26581 P-47D 350 LH-J Bledsoe Lt. Marvin V Little Princess
42-26581 P-47D 350 LH-H Re-coded to LH-J
42-26586 P-47D 352 SX-G Poindexter Maj. James N Honey II
42-26619 P-47D 350 LH-L Chetwood Lt. Kenneth "Choo Choo" Maggie IV
42-26631 P-47D 352 SX-I McGarry Lt. William T Lost 7 Aug 44 - Lt. Richard Daines KIA 7444
42-26633 P-47D 352 SX-L Christopher Lt. Richard S Dickee Dee a/c transferred to 78th FG on conversion to P-51s
42-26634 P-47D 350 LH-Q
42-26642 P-47D 350 LH-S Lost 23 Sept 44 - Lt. John J Edwards KIA 9155
42-26643 P-47D 352 SX-A Aw Nuts! taxi accident 9 July 44 - ran into back of 42-75608
42-26649 P-47D 350 LH-N Elizabeth
42-26656 P-47D 350 LH-D Unangst Lt. Robert F Sr. Ernestyne Named for his wife back home
42-26659 P-47D 350 LH-M Rafferty Lt. Vernon G Fern Marie Lost 6 Aug 44 - Lt. Thomas C Creekmur KITA
42-26660 P-47D 350 LH-H
42-26661 P-47D 352 SX-M Waggoner Capt. Horace Q Miss Illini II To 406 FG
42-26663 P-47D 350 LH-Z Lost 4 Aug 44 - Lt. Denny L Yocum KIA 7518
42-26665 P-47D 352 SX-R Jones Lt. Thomas W Buzz Bunny
42-26666 P-47D 350 LH-H to 406 FG 9th AF
42-26667 P-47D 352 SX-W Hunt Lt. Lloyd J Bobbie Baby Lost in this a/c 4 July 44 - Evaded 6554
42-26667 P-47D 352 SX-W Forkin Capt. Thomas J A/c reassigned to Hunt.
42-26668 P-47D 350 LH-H Skipper Lost 29 Aug 44 - Capt. William D Smith KIA 8313
42-26692 P-47D 350 LH-S
42-27906 P-47D 351 YJ-L
42-28357 P-47D 350 LH-R Ruscitto Capt. James O Natalie Ann II Lost in this a/c 18 Sept 44 - Evaded 8803
42-28414 P-47D 352 SX-K
42-28434 P-47D 350 LH-T Winder Capt. John H "Jack" Carol Named for future wife
42-28566 P-47D 351 YJ-M McLaughlin Lt. Grover H Sweater Girl
42-28626 P-47D 351 YJ-U Landing accident 23 Sept 44 - Lt. Billy J Murray
42-28740 P-47D 351 YJ-R From mission report fo576
42-28798 P-47D 352 SX-T Bouldin Lt. Frank H Jr. Miss Mary Marie
42-28798 P-47D 351 YJ-
42-28878 P-47D 351 YJ-
42-74615 P-47D 351 YJ-B Weaver Lt. William J My Best Bett
42-74615 P-47D 351 YJ-H Weaver Lt. William /j My Best Bett
42-74618 P-47D 350 LH-K
42-74636 P-47D 352 SX- Lost 30 Dec 43 - Lt. Russell E Moriarty POW 1866
42-74647 P-47D 350 LH-U Blickenstaff Lt.Col. Wayne E "Blick" Artwork of nude matching front/rear views either side. To 56 FG
42-74659 P-47D 352 SX- Battle damage 1st December 1943.
42-74665 P-47D 350 LH-T Dinse Capt. Charles W Fatty Patty II
42-74669 P-47D 350 LH-O Tanner Capt. William F "Wild Bill" Prudence II
42-74671 P-47D 351 YJ-T Edwards Lt. Francis L Diserom To 356th FG.
42-74672 P-47D 350 LH-L El Shafto
42-74680 P-47D 352 SX-I
42-74680 P-47D 352 SX-W w/w. Recoded from SX-I
42-74706 P-47D 351 YJ-N Babe (R)
42-74716 P-47D 351 YJ-B Barlow Lt. Albert W "Bill" Lost 29 May 1944 - Lt Barlow bailed into North Sea due to engine failure & rescued by ASR
42-74736 P-47D 351 YJ-U Albert Lt. Edgar J Doris Struck by taxiing B-17 whilst parked. !3th October 1943.
42-74753 P-47D 350 LH-G Texas Ranger (L&R) From 78FG. Involved in taxi accidents Raydon 21 June 44 & 11 Sept 44