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
42-7999 P-47D 352 SX- Lost 31 Aug 43 - Lt. Lester L Dansky KIA 474
42-8001 P-47D 350 LH-V Rimerman Col. Benjamin
42-8002 P-47D 351 YJ-E Emory Lt. Frank N To 356th FG
42-8003 P-47D 350 LH-
42-8005 P-47D 350 LH-B
42-8372 P-47D 351 YJ-
42-8373 P-47D 350 LH-Y
42-8374 P-47D 352 SX-
42-8375 P-47D 351 YJ-
42-8378 P-47D 350 LH-R taxi accident Metfield 13 Jan 44 - Capt. Carl W Mueller
42-8379 P-47D 351 YJ- Big Nose
42-8380 P-47D 352 SX-L
42-8383 P-47D 352 SX- Lost 31 Aug 43 - Lt Robert T Murden POW 475
42-8385 P-47D 351 YJ-M Maguire Capt. William J "Mickey" Boston Bull
42-8390 P-47D 352 SX-I Geurtz Lt. Robert P Presentation a/c - "Scarsdale Legionnaire" but overpainted by code letters.
42-8392 P-47D 352 SX-
42-8392 P-47D 350 LH- Battle damage 22nd December 1943
42-8393 P-47D 350 LH-Q
42-8394 P-47D 350 LH-O Tanner Capt. William F
42-8395 P-47D HQ YJ-S Christian Lt.Col. Shannon Cookie (L&R) Lost 25 Nov 43 - Lt. Col. Loren G McCollom POW 1446
42-8396 P-47D 352 SX-T Jordan Capt. William J Lucky To 56 FG as w/w. Retained name.
42-8398 P-47D 350 LH- Odom Lt. William W Flamin' Mamie Lost in this a/c 30 Dec 43 - KIA 1865
42-8401 P-47D 351 YJ-R Stanley Lt. Richard D Pink Lady To 356th FG.
42-8401 P-47D 351 YJ-B Burkett Lt. William R Scatterbolts
42-8402 P-47D 351 YJ-F Field Lt. Herbert K "Shorty" Devil's Thumb To 359th FG
42-8404 P-47D 350 LH- Lost 13 Aug 44 - Lt. George W McInis details unknown 7604
42-8405 P-47D 350 LH-X Crash-landed Debach 23rd August 1943 - Lt. Robert C Peters uninjured.
42-8414 P-47D 352 SX-K Junttila Maj. Wilbert H "Weep"
42-8420 P-47D 352 SX- Lost 15 Sept 43 - Capt. Robert C Durlin injured bailing out.
42-8428 P-47D 351 YJ-Q Kraft Lt. Benedict E Pat Lost in this a/c 5 Nov 43 - POW 1167
42-8446 P-47D 352 SX-B Bailey Maj. William B To 361st FG.
42-8446 P-47D 352 SX- To 361st FG
42-8457 P-47D 351 YJ-O Compton Capt. Gordon B Big Bouncer
42-8475 P-47D 350 LH-Y Long Lt. Harold W Lost in this a/c 5 Sept 43 - KIFA
42-8476 P-47D 351 YJ-X Beckham Maj. Walter C "Walt" Little Demon (L&R) To 78 FG 82 FS name retained
42-8478 P-47D 351 YJ-Y Morris Lt. Harold Barbara To 356 FG 359 FS as OC-V
42-8479 P-47D 351 YJ-
42-8480 P-47D 350 LH-Z Zolner Lt. John [NMI] City of Healdsburg, California Presentation aircraft.
42-8494 P-47D 352 SX- Lost 15 Sept 43 - Lt. Walter J Donovan KIA 625
42-8499 P-47D 350 LH-Y Stearns Lt. Richard A Jr. The Georgia Peach Lost in this a/c 9 April 44 - POW 3624
42-8503 P-47D 350 LH- Take-off accident 9 Aug 44 - Capt. Lonnie M Davis
42-8511 P-47D 351 YJ-K Strobell Lt. Robert C From 352 FG. Lost 30 June 44 - Lt. Robert W Larson KMAC
42-8513 P-47D 350 LH-Y Fry Lt. Dwight A Eager Beaver Lost in this a/c 14 Oct 43 - Evaded. A/c details per Lt. Dwight Fry 904
42-8513 P-47D 350 LH-H
42-8515 P-47D 350 LH- Lost 7 June 44 - Capt. Francis T Walsh KIA 5559
42-8522 P-47D 352 SX-U Cles Capt. Leslie P Betsy
42-8531 P-47D 352 SX-C Willits Lt. Gordon L
42-8546 P-47D 350 LH- Battle damage 22nd December 1943.
42-8557 P-47D 350 LH-U Blickenstaff Lt.Col. Wayne E "Blick" Lost 8 March 44 - Lt. John Zolner Evaded 2992
42-8608 P-47D 350 LH-D