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
42-8619 P-47D 351 YJ-A Ahles Lt. George N Lonesome Polecat To 4 FG 334 FS as w/w trainer
42-8623 P-47D 350 LH-F Price Maj. William J "Willy" Janie Named for his only sister
42-8628 P-47D 351 YJ-T Furneaux Lt. John W Jose Lost in this a/c 5 Sept 44 - POW 8403
42-8630 P-47D 352 SX-W Hicks F/O James R Lost in this a/c 10 June 44 - KIA 5560
42-8634 P-47D 350 LH-X Duncan Col. Glenn E Dove of Peace IV
42-8674 P-47D 351 YJ-K Stump Lt. Hassell Squirt
42-8675 P-47D 351 YJ-
42-8683 P-47D 350 LH- Lost 22 Oct 43 - Lt. Alan W Lowe 1042
42-8687 P-47D 352 SX-R Morrison Capt. Maurice M "Mo" Hi-Lander
42-8697 P-47D 350 LH-Y Stearns Lt. Richard A Jr. Crash-landed 1 Dec 43 Lt. Joseph Rosenberg.
43-25557 P-47D 351 YJ-V Byers Maj. Victor L Jr To 356 FG 359 FS
43-25568 P-47D 352 SX-N Knoble Capt. Joseph L Jr Little Chum Reassigned to Porterfield.
43-25568 P-47D 352 SX-N Porterfield Lt. George N Relia To 78th FG
43-25572 P-47D 351 YJ-N Hatch Lt. John J Smoocher (L&R)
43-25581 P-47D 350 LH- Lost 10 June 44 - Lt. Martin D Coffey KIA 5585
44-19562 P-47D 350 LH-N Gallup Lt.Col. Kenneth W Rat A Dat 3
44-19564 P-47D 352 SX-W Forkin Capt. Thomas J Diamond Lil To 78th FG.
44-19577 P-47D 350 LH-Z Lost 23 Sept 44 - Lt. Gerald F Province KIA 9157
44-19580 P-47D 350 LH-N Gallup Lt.Col. Kenneth W Rat A Dat
44-19580 P-47D 350 LH-Q Lost 29 Aug 44 - Lt. Olger I Aal KIA 8312
44-19792 P-47D 351 YJ-
44-19934 P-47D 351 YJ-
44-19950 P-47D 351 YJ-
42-106619 P-51B 350 LH-K Queenie Lost 24 March 45 - Lt. James H Hopkins KIA 13440
42-106704 P-51B 350 LH-7 w/w clobber college a/c
42-106744 P-51B 351 YJ-
42-106751 P-51B 350 LH-L w/w Squadron Hack
42-106869 P-51B 351 YJ-1 w/w clobber college a/c
42-106902 P-51B 350 LH-O w/w
43-12208 P-51B 352 SX-Y
43-12208 P-51B 352 SX-P Lost 28 Sept 44 - Lt. Charles I Sladek KIFA
43-12339 P-51B 351 YJ- w/w hack
43-12433 P-51B 351 YJ-4 w/w Squadron Hack (from 359 F/G)
43-12433 P-51B 351 YJ-1 w/w. Belly-landed Raydon 20 Mar 45 - Lt. James W Lamb (352 FS)
43-12439 P-51B 351 YJ- w/w hack
43-12454 P-51B 351 YJ-2 w/w OTU a/c
43-24781 P-51B 350 LH- Hack
43-6377 P-51B 352 SX-J Hack
43-6448 P-51B 350 LH-5 w/w clobber college a/c.
43-6800 P-51B 352 SX-2 w/w hack
43-6876 P-51B 352 SX-5 w/w clobber college a/c.
42-103302 P-51C 350 LH-M
42-103363 P-51C 352 SX-M Davenport Lt. John E Lucky Leaky II Crash-landed 2 May 45 - Lt. Leroy O Pletz. w/w Squadron Hack
43-25037 P-51C 352 SX-W Crash landed 15 June 45 - F/O McNally
44- P-51D 350 LH- Ferrell Lt. Arthur E Vicki Jane 3rd
44- P-51D 352 SX-E Hassell Lt. Robert C Jr. Johnny
44- P-51D 351 YJ- Risk Lt. Edward J Merry Mac
44- P-51D 350 LH-O Tanner Capt. William F "Wild Bill" Prudence VI
44- P-51D 350 LH-E Boone Maj. Walker L Margaret 3
44-11155 P-51D 350 LH- Shilt Capt. John L Minnehaha