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Killed aged 25 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 Hugh and Alice Murray; husband of Frances MacMillan Murray.
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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.
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 : 17th September
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
17September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. D. A. Helcke of 504 Squadron, was Killed.
17September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. E. J. Egan of 600 & 501 Squadrons, was Killed.
17September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. Landsdell of 607 Squadron, was Killed.
17September1940Pilot Officer Henry W Harrison of No.112 Sqn RAF shot down a CR32
17September1940Sub Lieutenant Arthur Giles Blake of No.19 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
17September1940Sub Lieutenant Arthur Giles Blake of No.19 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
17September1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O A. R. Tidman of 64 Squadron, was Killed.
17September1941Hauptmann Hans-Henning Freiherr von Beust of III./Kampfgeschwader 27 was awarded the Knight's Cross
17September1941Hauptmann Reinhard GŁnzel of II./Kampfgeschwader 27 was awarded the Knight's Cross
17September1941Hauptmann Richard Linke of I./Kampfgeschwader 54 was awarded the Knight's Cross
17September1941Hauptmann Walter Bradel of 9./Kampfgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
17September1941Leutnant Theodor Nordmann of 8./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
17September1941Oberleutnant Ernst Petzold of 5./Kampfgeschwader 54 was awarded the Knight's Cross
17September1941Oberleutnant Wolfgang Skorczewski of I./Kampfgeschwader 27 was awarded the Knight's Cross
17September1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O R. F. Crockett of 236 Squadron, was Killed.
17September1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. S. A. Levenson of 611 Squadron, was Killed.
17September1943Leutnant Elimar Meyer of 12./Luftlandegeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
17September1944Klaus Mietusch, a WW2 Ace with 72.00 victories, died on this day
17September1963Adolf Malam, a WW2 Ace with 35.00 victories, died on this day
17September1963Former South African Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt A. G. DFC Malan of 74 Squadron, Passed away.
17September2006Knight's Cross recipient Heinrich Trettner of 7. Fliegerdivision died on this day

 

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