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RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES
Pilot Officer Andrew Patrick Gilmour added to aircrew database :
Killed aged 26 on 4th July 1943 when his Stirling BK718 WP-M of No.90 Sqn was shot down and crashed near Cologne. He is buried in Overloon War Cemetery. Son of Andrew Patrick Gilmour and Annie Gilmour, husband of Hilda Gertrude Gilmour, of Laindon, Essex.
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Keatley : Squadrons updated (added No.58 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Leading Aircraftsman H Cooke : Squadron service dates updated
Updates made to Airframes database for : Whitley P5013 : Airframe notes updated (added 11-02-1941 : Whitley was unable to comply with diversion order and subsequently was abandoned at Hatfield Military Complex.)
Updates made to Aircrew database for : E. Hughes : Squadrons updated (added No.51 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated
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Lieutenant Colonel Bill Harris

Ace with 16.00 Victories

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Before joining the Army Air Force, Bill Harris had served in the US Navy for 4 years he got his flying wings and on 30th October 1942 was commissioned as a second lieutenant at Luke Field, Arizona and assigned to the 339th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group. Flying a P-38G, Harris scored his first victory on 7th June 1943 by destroying two Zeros over the Russells. On the 16th Harris shot down two Zeros over Guadalcanal during a noontime attack by the Japanese. On 4th October he claimed a Zero on a B-24 escort to Kahili to become an ace. After downing a Zero three days later, on the 10th he was credited with two Zeros on a morning mission to Kahili and that afternoon downed one Zeke confirmed and shared a probable. Promoted to captain, on 27 October Harris became a double ace when he destroyed a Japanese dive-bomber over Treasury Island. Flying out of the Treasury Islands on 9th February 1944, Harris was credited with three Zeros on a sweep over the Admiralties, followed by another pair of Zekes over Vanakanau Airstrip on the 15th. Promoted to lieutenant colonel, Harris was sent to the Philippines to command the 18th Fighter Group in the spring of 1945. On 22nd June he downed an Oscar over Mandai Airdrome to become the top P-38 ace in the Thirteenth Air Force.

Items Signed by Lieutenant Colonel Bill Harris

 Stan Stokes painting depicts a P-38 mission flown by 10 Fighter Group pilots Milton B. Adams, Joe Gunder, and Bill Harris in early February 1945. The 18th Fighter Group, part of the Thirteenth Air Force, moved its base of operations to Lingayen Gulf......Moonlighting by Stan Stokes.
Price : £94.00
Stan Stokes painting depicts a P-38 mission flown by 10 Fighter Group pilots Milton B. Adams, Joe Gunder, and Bill Harris in early February 1945. The 18th Fighter Group, part of the Thirteenth Air Force, moved its base of operations to Lingayen Gulf......

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Manufacturer : Lockheed

Lightning

Designed by Kelly Johnson the P38 made its maiden flight on the 27th January 1939 and introduced into service in 1941. they cost $134,284 at the time each and a total of 10,037 were built. The Lockheed P-38 was introduced as a inceptor fighter but soon proved a valuable long range bomber escort for the 8thUS Air Force's B-17 and-24 bombers as they bombed targets further into Germany.

Aviation History Timeline : 24th October
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
24October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O D. T. Jay of 87 Squadron, was Killed.
24October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. D. R. Stoodley of 43 Squadron, was Killed.
24October1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. A. J. Page of 257 Squadron, was Killed.
24October1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. O. R. Bowerman of 222 Squadron, was Killed.
24October1943Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O A. V. Gowers of 85 Squadron, was Killed.
24October1943Werner Lucas, a WW2 Ace with 106.00 victories, died on this day
24October1944Hauptmann Franz Oswald of 13. (Pz)/Schlachtgeschwader 9 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann Friedrich-Wilhelm Wangerin of III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 16 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann Herbert Abratis of II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann Horst Haase of IV./Jagdgeschwader 3 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann Julius Meimberg of II./Jagdgeschwader 53 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann Wilhelm Weißberg of I./Flak-Regiment 25 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann of the Reserves Karl Hütten of 5. (F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 122 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Leutnant Hubert Sniers of 9./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Leutnant Karl-Wilhelm Hofmann of 8./Jagdgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Leutnant Wilhelm Meyn of 9./Schlachtgeschwader 3 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Major Ernst-Heinrich Thomsen of III./Kampfgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberfeldwebel Herbert Geisler of Stabsstaffel/Kampfgeschwader 4 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberfeldwebel Karl Koch of III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Alfred Veith of 5./Kampfgeschwader 55 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Ernst-Erich Hirschfeld of 5./Jagdgeschwader 300 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Friedrich Schäfer of 4./Kampfgeschwader 200 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Hans-Hermann Steinkamp of 14.(Pz.)/Schlachtgeschwader 9 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Kurt Heidrich of 5./Flak-Regiment 341 (mot.) was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Wolfgang Luehrs of 2./Kampfgeschwader 53 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberst of the Reserves Herbert Röhler of Flak-Sturm-Regiment 4 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October2007Leo Paul Clouthier, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day

 

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