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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 : 19th August
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
19August1917Otto Jager, a WW1 Ace with 7.00 victories, died on this day
19August1927William Erwin, a WW1 Ace with 8.00 victories, died on this day
19August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. A. P. Studd of 66 Squadron, was Killed.
19August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. M. P. Digby-Worsley of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
19August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. W. H. Want of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
19August1940Hauptmann Anton Keil of II./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1940Hauptmann Walter Rubensdörffer of Erprobungsgruppe 210 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1941 David Scott-Malden of No.603 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
19August1942 David Scott-Malden of North Weald Wing, shot down a Do217
19August1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O G. R. Bennette of 17 Squadron, was Killed.
19August1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O P. D. Pool of 266 & 72 Squadrons, was Killed.
19August1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. A. E. Scott of 73 Squadron, was Killed.
19August1942Wing Commander Edward Philip Patrick Gibbs of Middle Wallop Wing shot down a Do217
19August1943 Robert Johnson of 56th Fighter Group, 61st Fighter Squadron shot down a Me109
19August1943Feldwebel Werner Stein of 1./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1943Hauptmann Friedrich-Wilhelm Strakeljahn of 14. (Jabo)/Jagdgeschwader 5 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1943Knight's Cross recipient Max Stotz of 5./Jagdgeschwader 54 died on this day
19August1943Leutnant Karl Schmid of 14. (Eis)/Kampfgeschwader 27 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1943Maximilian Stotz, a WW2 Ace with 189.00 victories, died on this day
19August1943Oberfeldwebel Rudolf Trenkel of 2./Jagdgeschwader 52 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1943Oberleutnant Franz Schmidt of III./Kampfgeschwader 55 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel Heinz Hackler of III./Jagdgeschwader 77 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel Johann Pichler of 7./Jagdgeschwader 77 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Hauptmann Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow of 1./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Hauptmann Franz Dörr of III./Jagdgeschwader 5 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Hauptmann Werner Schmidt of 9./Kampfgeschwader 55 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Oberleutnant Alfred Teumer of Staffelkapitän of 7./Jagdgeschwader 54 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Oberleutnant Hans-Heinrich Koenig of I./Jagdgeschwader 11 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Oberleutnant Manfred Goetze of 8./Schlachtgeschwader 10 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Oberst Adolf Jäckel of Transportgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1944Stabsarzt Dr. med. Ernst Gadermann of III./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19August1986W Beaver, a WW1 Ace with 19.00 victories, died on this day

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