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
44-11160 P-51D 351 YJ-V Byers Maj. Victor L Jr
44-11160 P-51D 350 LH-J Stardust
44-11160 P-51D 350 LH-H Landing accident 12 Oct 1944 - Capt. John H Winder III
44-11167 P-51D 350 LH-X Hightshoe Capt. Melvin W Danny Boy Lost 25 Nov 44 - Lt. Frank Elkins POW 10522
44-11188 P-51D 352 SX-D Corgan Lt. Robert D Lost in this a/c 18 Oct 44 - POW 9462
44-11191 P-51D 351 YJ-Y Christensen Lt. William J Betts 2nd
44-11191 P-51D 351 YJ-Y Petticrew Lt. Stan S Jr. Birmingham Ann a/c from Christensen
44-11193 P-51D 350 LH-Y Duke Lt. Edward H Jr. "Zilch" My Frans Reassigned to Robison after Duke MIA
44-11193 P-51D 350 LH-Y Hakonen Lt. Howard H Beautiful Dope A/c from Robison
44-11193 P-51D 350 LH-Y Robison Lt. George W Marilyn II Named for girl friend. A/c to Hakonen.
44-11196 P-51D 352 SX-P Lammie Lt. Harold R Bunny
44-11204 P-51D 350 LH-M Haynes Capt. Harry E Hey Bolo
44-11216 P-51D 351 YJ-B Lost 25 Nov 44 - Lt. Clarence G Bevington KIA 10553
44-11333 P-51D 351 YJ-K
44-11333 P-51D 351 YJ-A
44-11343 P-51D 350 LH-B Lee Lt. George S Potchy Lost in this a/c 13 Jan 45 - KIFA
44-13710 P-51D 351 YJ-
44-13842 P-51D 350 LH-X Ground looped 13 September - Capt. Robert W Abernathy
44-13972 P-51D 351 YJ-
44-13978 P-51D 351 YJ-W Williams Lt. Monroe Q "Willie"
44-13978 P-51D 351 YJ-W Murray Lt. Billy J Donna J taxi accident 5 June 45 with 44-14782
44-13978 P-51D 351 YJ-W Morris F/O Harry A Jr. Butch & Babe
44-14039 P-51D 352 SX-V Michel Lt. Alvin Gloria Doll II Lost in this a/c 21 March 45 - Details unknown 13224
44-14039 P-51D 352 SX-S Ground-looped 28 October 1944 - Lt. Srewart E Stephenson
44-14095 P-51D 352 SX-B Bartley Lt. James G Little Midget (L) Missy (R) A/c names are nicknames for his wife.
44-14111 P-51D 350 LH-Q
44-14180 P-51D 350 LH-B
44-14180 P-51D 350 LH-G
44-14249 P-51D 350 LH-S Landing accident 28 May 45 Lt. Morton I Levine
44-14259 P-51D 352 SX-Z Nance Lt. Harold E Poopdeck Pappy Lost 26 Nov 44 - Lt. Stephen J Kritz KIFA
44-14303 P-51D 352 SX-B Bailey Lt.Col. William B Double Trouble Lost 3 Feb 45 - Maj. Leslie W Seppala POW 12169
44-14416 P-51D 350 LH-M
44-14419 P-51D 350 LH-F Price Maj. William J "Willy" Janie Named for his only sister
44-14419 P-51D 350 LH-F Robison Lt. George W Marilyn a/c from Price. Named for girl friend. Crash-landed in this a/c Belgium 25 Dec 44 - Returned
44-14422 P-51D 350 LH- Lost 27 Oct 44 - Lt. Marvin E Albertson KIFA
44-14430 P-51D 351 YJ-P Lewis Lt. Donald E
44-14486 P-51D 352 SX-W Forkin Capt. Thomas J
44-14495 P-51D 352 SX-I Bouldin Lt. Frank H Jr. Dallas Doll
44-14495 P-51D 352 SX-I Martorella Lt. Michael J Jeanne
44-14505 P-51D 351 YJ-J Daniel Capt. Harold E Lost in this a/c 3 Oct 44 - POW 9252
44-14538 P-51D 350 LH-E Boone Maj. Walker L Margaret Two Lost 5 Dec 44 - Lt. Noah N Cowen KIA 10816
44-14558 P-51D 351 YJ-K Jean III Lost 25 Oct 44 - Lt. Bernard J French KIA 9638
44-14569 P-51D 351 YJ-M Maguire Capt. William J "Mickey" Li'l Boston Bull Lost 21 March 45 - F/O. Bruce A Eddy POW 13955
44-14572 P-51D 350 LH-
44-14573 P-51D 351 YJ-E Emory Capt. Frank N Sis IV
44-14593 P-51D 351 YJ-V Gaglan Lt. John C Jr. "Jack"
44-14595 P-51D 352 SX-O Grove Lt. Lindsay W Miss Jackie Cat 4 landing accident 15th February 1945 at B-53 Merville-Calonne.
44-14610 P-51D 351 YJ-Z Chase Capt. Harold W Sweet Marie Belly-landed Raydon 15 Feb 45 - Lt. John G Lancaster
44-14610 P-51D 352 SX-U Thomas Lt. Edward D Shirley Dean
44-14620 P-51D 352 SX-M Davenport Lt. John E Lucky Leaky / The Hoosier Kid