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
44-14771 P-51D 351 YJ-L LeFebre Maj. Frederick H Willit Run? (L&R)
44-14771 P-51D 351 YJ-L Webster St. Special Lost 30 Mar 45 - Lt. John Matula KIFA
44-14774 P-51D 351 YJ-T Nickelbur Lt. John M Butch 3rd / Rena Rena was pet name for his wife Lorena
44-14781 P-51D 351 YJ-U Lahke Capt William K Janny M Reassigned to Lt. Rohrs
44-14781 P-51D 351 YJ-U Rohrs Lt. John W Don Helen Lost 2 March 45 - Lt. John W Rohrs KIA 12862
44-14782 P-51D 352 YJ-M Taxi accident 5 June 45 with 44-13978
44-14791 P-51D 352 SX-V Callans Capt. Glenn G Capt. Edmund B Edwards involved in MAC 27 October 1944 with 44-14422 of 350th FS
44-14793 P-51D 350 LH-J Balason Lt. John M Miss Betsy D Lost in this a/c 22 Feb 45 - POW 12683
44-14796 P-51D 351 YJ-G Montgomery Lt. George S Lady Margaret Lost 16 April 45 - Lt. Edward J Risk KIA 13970
44-14802 P-51D 352 SX-X Waggoner Capt. Horace Q Miss Illini III
44-14804 P-51D 352 SX-R Miller Lt. Harold O Honey Bee II
44-14804 P-51D 352 SX-R Morrison Capt. Maurice M El Gato (Artwork of The Cat - a panther, under name) a/c to Miller
44-14805 P-51D 352 SX-Z Snyder Lt. Ralph B Shirley Dean a/c from Tordoff and flown as SX-L until Tordoff's second tour when recoded to SX-Z. Lost 12 July 45 - Lt. Donald L Blaicher KIFA
44-14805 P-51D 352 SX-L Tordoff Capt. Harrison B "Bud" Upups C Pops! Named from Hoopoe Bird (Upupa epops) which has ungainly flight
44-14808 P-51D 351 YJ-O Murray Lt. Billy J Donna J (L&R) Named for his only sister, Donna Joyce Murray.
44-14810 P-51D 350 LH-W Landing accident 15 Feb 45 - Lt. Robert S Leibold
44-14811 P-51D 350 LH-Q Abernathy Capt. Robert W Lady Gwen Lost 24 March 45 - Lt. John P Onkley POW 13364
44-14811 P-51D 350 LH-G
44-14816 P-51D 351 YJ-B Fulton Lt. Joseph O Jr. Lois W Named for his wife
44-14831 P-51D 352 SX-U Cles Capt. Leslie P Pregnant Patty Lost in this a/c 8 Nov 44 - POW 10482
44-14859 P-51D 352 SX-G Poindexter Maj. James N Honey IV
44-14860 P-51D 350 LH-S Allison Capt. Ralph T Molly M Crash-landed this a/c 2 Jan 45 at Y-10 Le Culot
44-14887 P-51D 351 YJ-A Arnold Lt. Merlin A
44-14893 P-51D 351 YJ-M Maguire Capt. William J "Mickey" Li'l Boston Bull
44-14893 P-51D 351 YJ-O Compton Capt. Gordon B Little Bouncer
44-14945 P-51D 350 LH-D Davis Capt. Lonnie M Arkansas Traveler II
44-14949 P-51D 351 YJ-Q Markham Capt. Gene E Mr Gary Named for his first son, Gary. Lost 24 Feb 45 - Lt. Raymond Hilgenberg KIA 12622
44-14962 P-51D 352 SX-Q take-off accident 6 November 1944 - Lt. George N Porterfield
44-14963 P-51D 352 SX-D Grove Lt. Lindsay W Miss Jackie II
44-14969 P-51D 350 LH-G Grainger Lt. Lester M Lady Grace II Named for his wife Grace. Lost 25 Nov 44 - Lt. William L Miller POW 10469
44-14972 P-51D 351 YJ-G Jeter Lt. James W Lost in this a/c 25 Nov 44 - KIA 10470
44-14974 P-51D 350 LH-Z Lost 17 March 45 - Lt. Edward H Duke Jr. POW - Escaped 13413
44-14990 P-51D 350 LH-A Caton Lt. Horace E Doris II Lost 24 March 45 - Lt. John F May POW 13442
44-14990 P-51D 350 LH-A Jessup Lt. John E Little Lady Belly landed 27 Jan 45 by Lt. George W Robinson. Reassigned March 1945
44-15021 P-51D 350 LH-W Anabel From 339 F/G
44-15092 P-51D 352 SX-B Cundy Lt. Arthur C Alabama Rammer Jammer
44-15092 P-51D 352 SX-B Lulu Belle II Landing accident 21 Apr 45 - Lt. Everett B Bowron
44-15099 P-51D 352 SX-V Callans Capt. Glenn G
44-15099 P-51D 352 SX-P Take-off accident 27 Nov 44 - Lt. Ralph B Snyder
44-15137 P-51D 350 LH-R Kolb Capt. Herbert G Baby Duck Lost Germany 18 March 45 (La-5s) - Lt. Garnet D Page returned. 13414
44-15184 P-51D 352 SX-Q Sullivan Lt. Edward J Truly Trudie Lost in this a/c 2 March 45 - POW 12861
44-15292 P-51D 352 SX-Q Bolchie Lost North of Weisbaden - Victor N Hernandez
44-15315 P-51D 352 SX-U Briggs Lt. Charles W Don Helen
44-15319 P-51D 352 SX-S Edwards Capt. Edmund B Dirt Dauber
44-15388 P-51D 352 SX-U Rosatone Capt. Anthony R Stasia a/c named for girlfriend. Lost 27 Nov 44 - Lt. James F Cross KIA 10471
44-15516 P-51D 350 LH-X Hightshoe Capt. Melvin W Danny Boy 2nd (L&R) Take-off crash 29 Dec 44 - Capt. John H Winder III
44-15519 P-51D 350 LH-H Lanoue Lt. Roland J Fran 2nd
44-15519 P-51D 350 LH-H Jayne Involved in taxi accident 2 June 45 - Lt. Eugene B Dugar
44-15521 P-51D 350 LH-G Mary Ag
44-15529 P-51D 350 LH-G Grainger Lt. Lester M Lady Grace 3rd