Monthly Archives: April 2014

The 371st Fighter Group and the Aftermath of the Holocaust

Today, April 28, 2014, is National Holocaust Remembrance Day. The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as America’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. Though the terrible events of that time happened a long time ago, the impact of … Continue reading

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Frisky and the (Baby) Blitz

The initial weeks of the 371FG in England were fairly placid, at least at home base. But on the night of 23 April 1944, the Luftwaffe changed that and for the first time gave Frisky an idea of what it … Continue reading

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The First Taste of Flak

Upon temporary relocation to Ibsley Airfield as Bisterne Airfield was being reconstructed, Frisky was immediately tapped for another Rodeo mission by IX Fighter Command. Alerted for the mission on 20 April 1944 at 1200, field order/operations order # 163 came … Continue reading

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A Somber Thursday South, 20 April 1944

With the curtain raised on the 371FG in the ETO, Frisky was busy earning his keep, flying and fighting against the forces of Nazi Germany. It was inevitable this clash of arms would produce casualties. Thursday, April 20, 1944, was … Continue reading

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Frisky Wears Out His Welcome

Frisky’s home flying field in England, Bisterne, was a prototype airfield built under the “Advanced Landing Ground” (ALG) concept. This was the construction of a relatively simple expeditionary airfield complex that aviation engineers could build quickly in order to support … Continue reading

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The Curtain is Raised for the 371st Fighter Group in the ETO

April 12, 1944, is a banner day in the history of the 371st Fighter Group. It is the day upon which the World War II P-47 fighter group flew its first combat missions in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO). … Continue reading

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Remembering the Former POWs of the 371st Fighter Group

Today is National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, according to a proclamation made by President Barack Obama today, April 9, 2014. We should remember all of our nation’s POWs on this day, which is the anniversary of the fall … Continue reading

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Frisky and the Black Widows of Fürth

No, Frisky was not bitten by a Black Widow, nor even smitten by a widow in black, but he did share an airdrome in 1945 with the 425th Night Fighter Squadron, which flew the Northrop P-61 Black Widow night fighter. … Continue reading

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