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352nd Fighter Squadron

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352nd Fighter Squadron


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Aircraft for : 352nd Fighter Squadron
A list of all aircraft known to have been flown by 352nd Fighter Squadron. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.
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Thunderbolt



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Production Began : 1943
Number Built : 15683

Thunderbolt

Alexander Kartveli was a engineer with Seversky Aircraft who designed the P-35, which first flew in 1937. With Republic Aviation Kartveli supervised the development of the P-43 Lancer. Neither of these aircraft were produced in large numbers, and neither was quite successful. However, the Republic Aviation P-47 Thunderbolt, also nicknamed the Jug, was quite a different story. The Jug was the jewel in Kartvelis design crown, and went on to become one of the most produced fighter aircraft of all time with 15,683 being manufactured. The P-47 was the largest and heaviest single seat fighter of WW II. The P-47 immediately demonstrated its excellent combat qualities, including speed, rate of climb, maneuverability, heavy fire power, and the ability to take a lot of punishment. With a wingspan of more than 40 feet and a weight of 19,400 pounds, this large aircraft was designed around the powerful 2000 HP Pratt and Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engine. The first P-47 prototype flew in May of 1941, and the primary variant the P-47D went into service in 1943 with units of the U.S. Armys Eighth Air Force. The Jug had a maximum speed in excess of 400 MPH, a service ceiling in excess of 42,000 feet, and was heavily armed with either six or eight heavy caliber machine guns. With its ability to carry up to a 2,500 pound bomb load, the Jug saw lots of use in ground attack roles. Until the introduction of the N model, the P-47 lacked the long range required for fighter escort missions which were most often relegated to P-51 Mustangs or P-38 Lightnings. In his outstanding painting entitled Bridge Busting Jugs, noted aviation artist Stan Stokes depicts Eighth Air Force Jugs in a ground attack mission in the Alps in June of 1944. The top P-47 ace was Francis Gabreski who had flown with the 56th Fighter Group, the first unit to be equipped with the P-47. In August of 1943 Gabreski attained his first aerial combat victory (over an Fw-190) and by years end he had reached ace status with 8 confirmed victories. As Commander of the 61st Squadron, Gabreski continued to chalk up victory after victory, and on seven different occasions he achieved two victories during the same mission. However, in July of 1944 Gabreski damaged the prop on his Jug during a low level attack on an airfield near Coblenz. Forced to make a crash landing, he was captured and remained a prisoner of war until Wars end in 1945. Following the War Gabreski returned to military service with the Air Forces 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing in Korea. Flying the F-86 Sabre Jet, Gabreski attained 6.5 more aerial victories in 1951 and 1952 becoming an ace in two different wars

Warhawk



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Manufacturer : Curtiss
Production Began : 1938
Retired : 1958
Number Built : 13738

Warhawk

P-40
Signatures for : 352nd Fighter Squadron
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Colonel William B Bailey USAF
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Colonel William B Bailey USAF

William Bradford Bailey was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on August 20,1918 as WW1 was winding down. Bill graduated from Duke University in 1940, and earned his Private Pilots License under a program sponsored by the Civil Aeronautics Administration. He was selected for advanced training in a PT-17. In September of 1940 Bill reached an important fork in his future career road. Instead of attending Harvard Business School he chose Army Flight Training instead, graduating with Class 41-E at Maxwell Field in Alabama. His first assignment was at Mitchel Field in New York flying P-40s with the 58th Pursuit Squadron. With America's entry into WW II the Army Air Corps grew rapidly and Bill received numerous assignments of increasing responsibility. This culminated with his posting as C.O. of the 352nd FS equipped with P-40s. The squadron was deemed combat-ready in August 1943 following 6-months of training with the P-47 Jug. Assigned to the 8th Air Force in East Anglia, UK, Col. Bailey lead the 352nd in conducting its primary mission of bomber-escort and ground attack. In July of 1944 Bailey assumed the post of Executive Officer and Deputy Commander of the 353rd Fighter Group. The Group converted to the P51 Mustang in September, and Bailey continued in that capacity until September of 1945. In his two combat tours Bill Bailey flew 186 combat missions totaling 454 hours. He flew 32 missions and 129 hours in the P-51. He was credited with 3 enemy aircraft destroyed in aerial combat and an additional 3 destroyed on the ground. Like most military pilots in WW II, Col. Bailey was a team player who was more conservative in his flying than some other fighter pilots who were more focused on attaining personal fame or glory. On March 2, 1945 Bailey led a group of fifty-two P-51s in support of a major bombing mission of a refinery in the Eastern Ruhr. Shortly after joining up with the bombers, Bailey noticed a large group of German fighters to the East. With the sun at their back, the P-51s gained altitude and attacked the German fighters from behind as they prepared to turn into the bomber formation. The Germans were caught by surprise and fifteen Jerrys were downed. In the melee that followed Bailey lost contact with his wingman and followed a group of about six Fw-190s diving for cover in the overcast below. Bailey caught up with them as he ducked in and out of clouds at 12,000 feet. He caught two of them with a concentrated burst at about 50 yards from their tails. Low on fuel and facing a 400-mile return trip, Bailey broke off the attack and returned to England. Following WWII, Bailey accepted a regular commission in the Air Force and was sent to Columbia University Graduate School of International Affairs. After graduation, his successive assignments included Assistant Air Attache, U.S. Embassy, Paris, and Director for Arms Control, Disarmament and United Nations Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Air Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to NATO, student at the National War College, Office of the Chief of Staff, USAF, and Air Attache, US Embassy, Paris. Following his retirement from the Air Force he became Director of European Operations for Rohr Industries, the leading manufacturer of nacelles and thrust reversers for transport aircraft including the European Airbus. Col. Bailey's decorations include the Silver Star, The Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, the French Legion of Honor, and the Swedish Royal Order of the Sword.


Aviation History Timeline : 15th September
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15September1917Kurt Wolff, a WW1 Ace with 33.00 victories, died on this day
15September1926Georg Meyer, a WW1 Ace with 23.00 victories, died on this day
15September1940 Eric Stanley Lock of No.41 Sqn RAF shot down a Do17
15September1940 Eric Stanley Lock of No.41 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
15September1940 Tom Neil of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Do17
15September1940 Tom Neil of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Do17
15September1940 Tom Neil of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
15September1940 Tom Neil of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
15September1940 Wallace Cunningham of No.19 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
15September1940 Wallace Cunningham of No.19 Sqn RAF shot down a Me110
15September1940Air Commodore Peter Malam Brothers of No.32 Sqn RAF shot down a Do17
15September1940Belgian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O A. E. A. Hove dErtsenrijck of 43 and 501 Squadrons, was Killed.
15September1940Belgian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O G. L. J. Doutrepont of 229 Squadron, was Killed.
15September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, (F.A.A.) Sgt. J. P. Wyatt of 25 Squadron, was Killed.
15September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. H. M. S. Lambert of 25 Squadron, was Killed.
15September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O M. J. Miley of 25 Squadron, was Killed.
15September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O M. Jebb of 504 Squadron, Crashed (died 19th September 1940).
15September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O A. P. Pease of 603 Squadrons, was Killed.
15September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O G. A. Langley of 41 Squadron, was Killed.
15September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O G. N. Gaunt of 609 Squadron, was Killed.
15September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. V. Gurteen of 504 Squadron, was Killed.
15September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O R. A. Marchand of 73 Squadron, was Killed.
15September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt T. R. Tweed of 56 Squadron, was Killed.
15September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. L. Pidd of 238 Squadron, was Killed.
15September1940Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, F/O R. Smither of 1 RCAF Squadron, was Killed.
15September1940Flight Lieutenant Fraser of No.112 Sqn RAF shot down a SM79
15September1940Flight Lieutenant Charles Palliser of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Do17
15September1940Flight Lieutenant Kenneth McLeod Gillies of No.66 Sqn RAF shot down a Do17
15September1940Group Captain Dennis David of No.87 Sqn RAF shot down a He111
15September1940Helmuth Muller, a WW2 Ace with 10.00 victories, died on this day
15September1940John Hannah of No.83 Squadron RAF was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross
15September1940Pilot Officer Edwin Thomas Banks of No.112 Sqn RAF shot down a SM79
15September1940Pilot Officer R H Clarke of No.112 Sqn RAF shot down a SM79
15September1940Polish Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt T. P. Chlopik of 302 Squadron, was Killed.
15September1940Polish Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt M. Brzozowski of 303 Squadron, was Killed.
15September1940Squadron Leader John Sample of No.504 Sqn RAF shot down a Do17
15September1940Squadron Leader John Sample of No.504 Sqn RAF shot down a Do17
15September1940Squadron Leader John Sample of No.504 Sqn RAF shot down a He111
15September1940Sub Lieutenant Arthur Giles Blake of No.19 Sqn RAF shot down a He111
15September1940Sub Lieutenant Arthur Giles Blake of No.19 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
15September1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. D. P. Fawcett of 29 Squadron, was Killed.
15September1941Victoria Cross recipient James Ward of No.75 Squadron RAF died on this day
15September1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. D. C. Peacock of 605 Squadron, was Killed.
15September1986Air Vice Marshall Donald Bennett, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
15September1995Dieter Hrabak, a WW2 Ace with 125.00 victories, died on this day
15September1995Dieter Hrabak, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
15September1995Knight's Cross recipient Dietrich Hrabak of II./Jagdgeschwader 54 died on this day
15September2006Raymond Baxter, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day

 

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