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
44-14620 P-51D 352 SX-M Burlingame Capt. Gordon S Davy Don Chariot Reassigned to Davenport
44-14628 P-51D 351 YJ-D Drybrough Lt. Thomas R The Uninvited
44-14631 P-51D 352 SX-T Jordan Capt. William J Lucky Two
44-14631 P-51D 352 SX-T Thomas Lt. Edward D Shirley Dean
44-14631 P-51D 352 SX-U Lost 19 March 45 - Lt. Richard E Hahn POW 13156
44-14642 P-51D 352 SX-A Makikuhna Lt. Douglas A Miss Ethel Named for Miss Ethel Johnson, his future wife.
44-14642 P-51D 352 SX-A Davis Capt. William C
44-14654 P-51D 350 LH-S Allison Capt. Ralph T Molly-M Lost 24 Oct 44 - Lt. Robert W Hedler KIA 9639
44-14658 P-51D 351 YJ-H Highfield Capt. Leroy B
44-14666 P-51D 350 LH-L Zelma Lost 27 Nov 44 - Lt. George C Moran Jr. KIA 10483
44-14673 P-51D 350 LH-I Galloping Ghost
44-14673 P-51D 350 LH-I Devine Lt. Gerald P Mad Irishman
44-14674 P-51D 352 SX-H Schoen Lt. Donald W Little Witch
44-14674 P-51D 352 SX-H Motley Lt. James L Carolyn Reassigned to Schoen
44-14676 P-51D 350 LH-
44-14686 P-51D 350 LH-J
44-14686 P-51D 350 LH-I
44-14687 P-51D 350 LH-N Larsen Lt. Carl A Lethal Ethel Lost in this a/c 24 March 45 - POW 13365
44-14688 P-51D 351 YJ-N Nicklebur Lt. John M Butch II / Rena Rena was pet name for his wife Lorena
44-14689 P-51D 351 YJ-F Drybrough Lt. Thomas R Bobbie J.C.
44-14689 P-51D 351 YJ-F Wiehe Lt. Robert K Involved in no-injury MAC 12 June ?45 whilst flying this a/c. Other a/c - 43-12454 YF-E flown by Lt. Jack Galgan.
44-14690 P-51D 350 LH-Q Lee Lt. Louis W
44-14690 P-51D 351 YJ-G Stump Capt. Hassel D Squirt
44-14690 P-51D 351 YJ-S Lost 17 Feb 45 - Lt. Paul M McKenny Jr KIFA
44-14691 P-51D 352 SX-D Johnson Maj. Wilton W Lost 11 March 1945 - Lt. Arthur Cundy dirtched 40 m E of Gt Yarmouth - KIA
44-14693 P-51D 352 SX-K Junttila Maj. Wilbert H "Weep" The Flying Finn
44-14693 P-51D 352 SX-K Flak damaged 16 Jan 45 - Lt. James W Lamb
44-14694 P-51D 352 SX-F Lang Lt. Albert P Eleanor
44-14694 P-51D 352 SX-F Niklaus Lt. Herbert F Reassigned to Lang
44-14698 P-51D 350 LH-Q Knowling Lt. William P Miss Maureen Reassigned to Lee.
44-14698 P-51D 350 LH-Q Lee Lt. Lewis W
44-14700 P-51D 350 LH-B
44-14706 P-51D 351 YJ-M Frye Lt. James E Ginny Lost in this a/c 19 March 45 - KIA 13168
44-14707 P-51D 350 LH-D Spriggs Lt. Alfred G Aunt Fanny's Kid II Involved in taxi accident 2 June 45 - Lt. Alfred G Spriggs
44-14712 P-51D 352 SX-N Knoble Capt. Joseph F Little Chum II Belly-landed Raydon 17 April 45 - Lt. James W Lamb 13934
44-14713 P-51D 352 SX-Y Evans Capt. James R Bottom Dollar
44-14720 P-51D 352 SX-G Dubois Lt. Allen C My Galveston Gal
44-14720 P-51D 352 SX-G Poindexter Maj. James N Honey III
44-14726 P-51D 352 SX-E Uttwenweiler Capt. Fred L
44-14726 P-51D 352 SX-E Hassell Lt. Robert C Jr. Johnnie Landing accident in this a/c Raydon 17 April 45
44-14727 P-51D 350 LH-P Bee Jay Lost 5 Dec 44 - Lt. Alvin L Deeds KIA 10817
44-14728 P-51D 351 YJ-I Highfield Capt. Leroy B Persuader Reassigned from Hinchey. Artworl kept but name changed.
44-14728 P-51D 351 YJ-I Hinchey Lt. James F Thunderbug. Artwork of Bugs Bunny both sides of nose.
44-14732 P-51D 351 YJ-A Arnold Lt. Merlin A Tampa Tramp / Bronx Bum Lost 18 March 45 - F/O. Jerry M Campbell details unknown 13412
44-14742 P-51D 352 SX-M Barber Capt. Donald Gloria Ann 2nd Named for his wife.
44-14746 P-51D 352 SX-J Christopher Lt. Richard S Sidney Slurp
44-14748 P-51D 351 YJ-R McGraw Capt. Charles L Kansas City Kitty Lost 21 March 45 - Lt. Harry U Gilmer POW 13225
44-14756 P-51D 351 YJ-J Rosen Lt. George J Fifinella From 359 FG ex IV-V
44-14765 P-51D 352 SX-E Stephenson Lt. Stewart E Barbara Lee Landing accident Raydon 21 Feb 45 - Lt. William R Harbin
44-14770 P-51D 350 LH-M Rafferty Lt. Vernon G Fern Marie 3rd Lost 24 Oct 44 - Capt. Carl W Mueller POW 9640