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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.

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 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.
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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 : 1st October
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
1October1940Australian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O C. C. Bennett of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
1October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. C. E. Bowen of 607 Squadron, was Killed.
1October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. L. Gillespie of 23 Squadron, Died.
1October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. F. A. Sibley of 238 Squadron, was Killed.
1October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. G. B. Brash of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
1October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. G. S. Clarke of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
1October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. N. Brumby of 615 & 607 Squadrons, was Killed.
1October1940Hauptmann Erich Groth of II./Zerstörergeschwader 76 was awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1940Hauptmann Martin Lutz of 1./Zerstörergeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1940Leutnant Gustav Sprick of 8./Jagdgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1940Major Wolfgang Falck of Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1940Oberfeldwebel Wilhelm-Friedrich Illg of 9./Kampfgeschwader 76 was awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1940Oberleutnant Fritz Schürmeyer of 3. (F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe des OBdL was awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1940Oberleutnant Hans-Joachim Jabs of Unit2./Zerstörergeschwader 76 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1940Oberleutnant Wilhelm-Richard Rössinger of 2./Erprobungs-Gruppe 210 was awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1940Onerstleutnant Benno Kosch of II./Kampfgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. N. P. Warden of 610 Squadron, was Killed.
1October1943Former Australian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O C. A. McGaw of 73 and 66 Squadrons, was Killed.
1October1943Oberleutnant Paul Birnkraut of 1./Fernaufklärungs-Gruppe 121 was awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1972Alessandro Buzio, a WW1 Ace with 5.00 victories, died on this day
1October2002Flight Lieutenant Edward Johnson, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
1October2005Robert Hanson, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
1October2007Gerald Rounds, a WW2 Ace with 5.00 victories, died on this day

 

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