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
42-22771 P-47D 350 LH-
42-22779 P-47D 350 LH- Lost 12 June 44 - F/O. John J Phelan KIA 5745
42-22781 P-47D 351 YJ-P Cobb Lt. William G Trisha a/c to Bishop
42-22781 P-47D 351 YJ-P Double "S"
42-25299 P-47D 352 SX-X Taxi accident 6 Oct 1944 Lt. Harold E Nance.
42-25506 P-47D 350 LH-X Duncan Col. Glenn E Dove of Peace VI
42-25541 P-47D 350 LH- Lost 12 June 44 - Lt. Goffred R Moretto - Evaded 5746
42-25649 P-47D 350 LH-N Elizabeth
42-25702 P-47D 351 YJ-O Compton Maj. Gordon B Big Bouncer
42-25710 P-47D 351 YJ-F
42-25730 P-47D 351 YJ-Z Terzian Lt. Jack Marty Lost in this a/c 22 May 44 - POW 5101
42-25740 P-47D 350 LH-B Auchincloss Lt. Bayard C The New Yorker
42-25740 P-47D 350 LH-V Rimerman Col. Benjamin [NMI] Nebraska Wildcat Reassigned to Auchincloss.
42-25745 P-47D 351 YJ-G Stump Capt. Hassel D Squirt
42-25768 P-47D 350 LH- Lost 12 June 44 - Lt. Edwin H Peters bailed out over Channel after being hit by a 109. Rescued but serious injury due to leg being amputated during exit from a/c.
42-25771 P-47D 352 SX-I Johnston Lt. Virgil C Jr. Lost in this a/c 10 June 44 - details unknown. 5561
42-25840 P-47D 351 YJ-R Landing accident 4 Aug 44 - Lt. John W Furneaux
42-25840 P-47D 351 YJ-H
42-25884 P-47D 351 YJ-N
42-25957 P-47D 352 SX-U Cles Capt. Leslie P Betsy Reassigned to Ackard
42-25957 P-47D 352 SX-U Ackard Lt. Richard R Lovely Lola To 56th FG
42-25959 P-47D 352 SX-Q Parker Lt. Bill For conversion training post VE day (code could be U bar over )
42-25971 P-47D HQ LH-X Duncan Col. Glenn E Dove of Peace VI Lost in this a/c 7 July 44 - Evaded 6696
42-26011 P-47D 352 SX-D Johnson Maj. William W Lost 12 June 44 - Lt. John R Gabriel - Evaded 5586
42-26027 P-47D 351 YJ-D Tumlin Lt. Rupert M Georgie Fay Lost 5 Aug 44 - Lt. John J Hatch KIA 7517
42-26036 P-47D 352 SX-P Lost 1 Aug 44 - Lt. Delbert E Harris POW 7725
42-26047 P-47D 351 YJ-B Lost 5 July 44 - Lt. Daniel L Claville Jr. details unknown 6553
42-26050 P-47D 351 YJ-I Franklin Lt. George W To 36 FG 23 FS
42-26109 P-47D 350 LH-H Lost 29 May 44 - Lt. Arthur C Bergeron Jr. KIA 5206
42-26121 P-47D 352 SX- Force landed Southend 16 Sept 44 - Lt. Anthony R Rosatone
42-26126 P-47D 351 YJ-M Maguire Lt. William J Boston Bull
42-26246 P-47D 351 YJ-A Ahles Lt. George N Lonesome Polecat IV
42-26269 P-47D 350 LH- Lost 13 Aug 44 - Lt. Max G Graham details unknown 7606
42-26313 P-47D 350 LH- Lost 12 June 44 - Lt. Earl C Main POW 5748
42-26332 P-47D 351 YJ-Z
42-26357 P-47D 350 LH-Y To 27 FG 15 AF
42-26402 P-47D 350 LH-U Blickenstaff Lt.Col. Wayne K "Blick" Lost 12 June 44 - Capt. Dewey E Newhart KIA 5749
42-26416 P-47D 350 LH-U Blickenstaff Lt.Col. Wayne K "Blick" Soubrette
42-26422 P-47D 350 LH-E
42-26428 P-47D 351 YJ-L
42-26454 P-47D 350 LH-S Lost 8 Aug 44 - Lt. Robert S Hart KIA 7442
42-26455 P-47D 350 LH-L Chetwood Lt. Kenneth "Choo Choo" Maggie V
42-26455 P-47D 352 SX-V Eluhow Lt. Raymond The Flying Russian
42-26455 P-47D 350 LH-I Maggie V
42-26459 P-47D 352 SX-B Bailey Lt.Col. William B Butch II a/c to Andrews
42-26459 P-47D 352 SX-Z Andrews Lt. Edward C Eager Eddie
42-26472 P-47D 350 LH-O Tanner Capt. William F "Wild Bill" Prudence V (last P-47 named Prudence) To 78 FG 82 FS
42-26477 P-47D 350 LH-F Price Maj. William J "Willy" Janie Named for his only sister
42-26525 P-47D 350 LH-V Allison Capt. Ralph T Rat A Dat a/c from Gallup, name retained. Lost 23 Sept 44 - Capt. Ellis S Middleton KIA 9156
42-26525 P-47D 350 LH-N Gallup Lt.Col. Kenneth W Rat A Dat