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
42-75863 P-47D 351 YJ-V Lost 18 Aug 44 - Lt. Dwight W Johnson POW 8131
42-75866 P-47D 350 LH- Lost 18 May 44 - Lt. Edwin H Peters bailed out due to mechanical trouble,
42-75874 P-47D 351 YJ-F Taxi accident 13 Aug 44 - Lt. Dwight W Johnson
42-75875 P-47D 352 SX-M Taxi accident 13 Aug 44 - Lt. William T McGarry
42-76103 P-47D 351 YJ-S Christian Lt.Col. Shannon Cookie II
42-76140 P-47D 350 LH-D Suffered puncture 5 Oct 1944 - Lt. George C Moran
42-76141 P-47D 350 LH-Q Davis Capt. Lonnie M Mud N' Mules (L) Arkansas Traveller (R) L artwork kept as tribute to Newhart
42-76141 P-47D 350 LH-Q Newhart Capt. Dewey E Mud N' Mules (L&R) Artwork - front of mule (L) rear end (R)
42-76189 P-47D 350 LH-V Rimerman Col. Benjamin [NMI] Nebraska Wildcat Reassigned.
42-76189 P-47D 350 LH-L
42-76195 P-47D 352 SX-Y Avakian Lt. Luther The Mole / Lucky / Father Bill Lost in this a/c 7 June 44 - KIA 5504
42-76195 P-47D 352 SX-Y Streit Lt. William F Scotty Bill (Right side only) a/c to Avakian
42-76268 P-47D 350 LH- Lost 4 Aug 44 - Lt. Harry Y Aldridge KIA 7512
42-76280 P-47D 350 LH-D Rowan Lt. Chauncey Jenny Lost in this a/c 21 May 44 - POW 4990
42-76294 P-47D 350 LH-N Dawson Lt. Melvin P Kalamazoo Gal II
42-76320 P-47D 350 LH-Y Lost 29 May 1944 - Lt. Joseph C McDonald POW
42-76320 P-47D 350 LH-U Blickenstaff Lt.Col. Wayne E "Blick" Reassigned 5203
42-76321 P-47D 350 LH-J
42-76321 P-47D 350 LH-S
42-76352 P-47D 351 YJ-Q Thistlethwaite Lt. William T Lost 12 May 44 - Lt. William T Thistlethwaite KIA 4991
42-76352 P-47D 351 YJ-Q Thornell Lt. Lloyd A Mid's Bid
42-76394 P-47D 352 SX-U Gonnam Capt. Jesse W Gwen Named for his wife. Lost in this a/c 23 April 44 - POW 4315
42-76433 P-47D 352 SX-Q
42-76501 P-47D 352 SX-O Fogarty Lt. Edward M Lost 10 June 44 - Lt. William S Marchant KIA whilst bailing out. 5563
42-76543 P-47D 350 LH-R
42-76543 P-47D 352 SX-S Landing accident 28 Aug 44 - Lt.George N Porterfield
42-7858 P-47D 351 YJ-V Byers Maj. Victor L Jr Hawkeye Could be 42-7958 (Morris)
42-7903 P-47D 350 LH- To 361st FG
42-7904 P-47D 352 SX-F Armstrong Lt. Clifford F 8 Gun Melody Lost 11 Jan 44 - Lt. Victor L Vogel KIA 2007
42-7905 P-47D 352 SX- Lost 6 Sept 43 - F/O. Earl W Perry Jr. KIA
42-7906 P-47D 351 YJ-L LeFebre Maj. Frederick H Chief Wahoo To 78 FG 83 FS as HL-R
42-7907 P-47D 350 LH-J Furness Capt. Joseph F "Li'l Joe" Lonesome Polecat
42-7907 P-47D 350 LH- Newman Lt. Robert L "Moose" Lost in this a/c 5 Nov 43 - KIA. Nickname due to his large size. 1447
42-7908 P-47D 350 LH-T Lost 14 November 1943. Lt. Robert C Peters killed in crash landing (KIA) at Herongate, Essex due to damage received during Schweinfurt raid.
42-7908 P-47D 350 LH-
42-7909 P-47D 350lh - To 361st FG
42-7910 P-47D 352 SX- First combat mission 9 August 1943 - early return due to turbo malfunction.
42-7922 P-47D 351 YJ- To 5ERS
42-7926 P-47D 351 YJ-
42-7940 P-47D 350 LH-M Hurst Capt. Wilfred F Colleen Named for his girlfriend. Lost in this a/c 3 Feb 44 - KIA
42-7956 P-47D 350 LH-K Lost 5 Sept 43 - Capt. Irvin E Vennel KIFA
42-7958 P-47D 351 YJ-V Byers Maj. Victor L Jr Hawkeye Also see 42-7858
42-7972 P-47D 351 YJ-P King Lt. Francis N "Pete" Gator Bait Named for his home State of Florida
42-7977 P-47D HQ -
42-7985 P-47D 352 SX-R Lost 18 Sept 43 - Lt. Francis J Hajosy KIFA
42-7987 P-47D 351 YJ-J Treitz Lt. John G Jeannie (R) To 495 FTG 552 FTS as DQ-V
42-7988 P-47D 350 LH-U Blickenstaff Lt.Col. Wayne K Nude artwork on cowling
42-7989 P-47D 350 LH- Lost 22 Oct 43 - Lt. Walter B Stone KIA 1041
42-7990 P-47D HQ YJ- Morris Lt.Col. Joseph A Lost in this a/c 16 August 1943 - MIA
42-7995 P-47D 352 SX-X Lost 23 Sept 43 - Lt. George S Dietz KIA 757