The 371st Fighter Group on Armistice Day, 1944

Seventy years ago, according to the 371st Fighter Group War Diary for 11 November 1944, Frisky recorded the following:
“11 Nov. – ARMISTICE, but hardly the cause for elation as in 1918. We were informed we would conduct operations from Dijon and not be off ops until our return to Dole as previous orders had indicated. Weather too bad for flying. Birthday party and steak dinner held for Col Kleine at Group officers BOQ.”

The whole flooding episode was a little much for Frisky, as field conditions were already basic without becoming impossible.  Still, the Thunderbolts flew from Dijon whenever the miserable weather permitted… (The Story of the 371st Fighter Group in the ETO)

The whole flooding episode was a little much for Frisky, as field conditions were already basic without becoming impossible. Still, the Thunderbolts flew from Dijon whenever the miserable weather permitted… (The Story of the 371st Fighter Group in the ETO)

The 371st Fighter Group flew from Dijon for a period of 11 days before a B-26 group moved in and forced Frisky back to Dole, where the overflowing waters of the Doubs River had departed the airfield and returned to the river.

The River Doubs flooded Frisky’s flight ops out of Dole from 10 to 21 November, 1944, and the P-47s flew from Dijon instead, when there was flying weather…

The River Doubs flooded Frisky’s flight ops out of Dole from 10 to 21 November, 1944, and the P-47s flew from Dijon instead, when there was flying weather…

On this Veterans Day, 2014, we salute the men of the 371st Fighter Group, and the women who supported the group directly too, like the Red Cross ladies, as well as their families, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of our nation. May God bless them, one and all!

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