About

This site is dedicated to the military and civilian personnel assigned and/or attached to the United States Army Air Force’s 371st Fighter Group, and to their achievements in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO) during Second World War.

The 371st Fighter Group flew the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter-bomber in the ETO, and participated in six campaigns across Northwestern Europe in 1944-1945.  The unit received the Distinguished Unit Citation for actions in Germany 15 – 21 March 1945, and was cited in the Belgian Army Order of the Day for actions from 6 June to 30 September 1944.

After World War II, the 371st Fighter Group was redesignated as the 142nd Fighter Group and allotted to Oregon for service in the Oregon Air National Guard.  Operating today from Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Oregon, the 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon ANG serves community, state and nation with the Boeing (nee McDonnell Douglas) F-15 Eagle jet fighter.

 

20 Responses to About

  1. Yves says:

    Hello,
    By any chance do you have some information on a plane, serial# 44-20206, 4W-? (P or B or R) , 406th FS /371st FG 9th AF), that belly landed in Germany by the end of 1944 or early 1945?
    My father (IIIrd U.S. Army, Belgian volunteer) took 2 pictures of the wrecked airplane while passing by towards East, in 1945.
    I cannot find any information on that accident.
    Thanks
    Yves

    • 371fg says:

      Hello, Yves,
      Will look into this for you and let you know what I find. Thank you for your interest in the 371st Fighter Group!
      Sincerely,
      Terry

  2. Yves says:

    By the way the plane was a P-47D-28-RE.

  3. Matt says:

    Hello,

    I was wondering if you might have any information concerning Lt. Robert A. Latchin of the 404th FS? He joined the unit in November 44 and stayed with it until his discharge from the service in November 45. During his time with the 371st he flew over 70 combat missions. On December 23, 44 he had a very lucky escape when the motor of his P-47 failed on take-off from Y-1 due to ice in the fuel, Lt. Latchin belly landed the aircraft(P-47D 42-28437) and walked away uninjured, despite having a bomb under each wing!. He was also the PE officer for his squadron.

    Any further information you might be able to provide would be gratefully received. I collect items connected with the USAAF during WWII and I have Lt. Latchins ike jacket which I intend to display in honor his service and that of all members of the 371st.

    Best Regards,

    Matt.

    • 371fg says:

      Hello, Matt,
      Will take a look see if there is anything mentioned about him in Group or Squadron records. If i find something I will pass it along to you.
      Sincerely,
      Terry

  4. Matt. says:

    Thanks Terry, it’s much appreciated.
    Regards,

    Matt.

  5. john says:

    Hello,I’m looking for info on my Grandfather.Major John O Daniels.Thanks.

    • 371fg says:

      Hello, Sir,
      Yes, he flew with the 371st Fighter Group during World War II, in the 406th Fighter Squadron. He is credited with three aerial victories, one on 20 October 1944 and two on 01 March 1945.
      (Source: http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_371.php)

      He appears to have been assigned to another fighter squadron earlier in the war, in the 345th Fighter Squadron of the 350th Fighter Group in North Africa, as a source shows him in a ground accident with a P-39L on 23 March 1943. It was not unusual, though maybe not common, for a pilot to fly in different squadrons during the war, and in even in different theaters of operations, depending how long they were in the service.
      (Source: http://raf-112-squadron.o./350thfghonor_roll.html)

      It looks like after the war he briefly commanded the 160th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Furth, Germany, from 21 January 1946 into April, 1946. The 371FG was based at Furth for a brief period in mid-1945. It left Europe for the States in the fall of 1945, though many personnel had already been reassigned by that time, and it appears your grandfather may have stayed on in Europe to take command of this squadron.
      (Source: http://www.afhra.af.mil/f…actsheet.asp?id=19322)

  6. Rachel says:

    Hello, I have some pictures that might be relevant to the 406th Fighter Squadron “Yearling”. My grandfather is Henry A. Pax. He flew “lil’ Henry” and received a purple heart becuase he got shot down I believe in France and was rescued by a man on a farm. My grandfather gave him his watch. Other than that, I do not know many details.

  7. Ken Russell says:

    I am looking for information about Troy L. Payne. I believe he was a Lt. and was in the 404th in 1944. Thanks,

  8. Kenneth A. Regas says:

    I am looking for information about T/Sgt Alexandros Regas, my father. He was with the 371st (don’t know the squadron) from stand-up until January 12, ’45 when he was transferred to the infantry. Thanks,

  9. Rémi says:

    Hello, have you information and photos of the aircraft and the pilot?

    http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=4037

    This aircraft that crashed near my house.

    I look for any information.

    Thank you a lot.

  10. Kuno says:

    Dear Sir;

    I am at present doing some research regarding a bomb raid of 8 P-47 on 16th February 1945. The attacking aircraft were identified as P-47 but the unit concerned is not known until present.
    The eight aircraft attacked several road- and railway bridges connecting the small German city of WALDSHUT over the river Rhine to the Swiss village KOBLENZ. WALDSHUT is located in the extreme south of Germany at the river Rhine about half-way between BASLE and CONSTANZ.

    Whilst I do actually not expect that the pilots of the concerned aircraft were aware that they flew into Swiss airspace, it may be that there is a report (or anything else) which would confirm the involvement of the 366th FG in this raid.

    A further raid on Swiss soil took place on 22. February 1945. This time a cargo-train standing at the train station of OTELFINGEN, near ZUERICH, was attacked by a single US-aircraft (of an unknown type). The aircraft arrived in a group of nine machines – but only one was strafing the train.

    I would highly appreciate if you could help me further in this subject. Many thanks in advance for your efforts.

    Kind regards from Switzerland;

    Kuno Gross

  11. I’ve just discovered several photos up for auction on eBay, from the estate of Ballard A. Dinwiddie, a pilot with the 405th Fighter Squadron who apparently passed away four years ago. In several he is pictured with his aircraft nicknamed “Dottie” (apparently named for his wife, Dorothy). I was wondering if you might have any further information on him or this aircraft (a razorback P-47), like the serial number or call letter (8N-?).

    Thanks very much!
    All my best,
    Gerry

  12. Tom says:

    Good Morning,

    Do you have any information about the insignia of the 405th Fighter Squadron? Specifically, I’m trying to find a picture of the squadron patch. My fighter squadron traces its lineage directly to the 405th, and we’re trying to find a picture of the patch in order to honor the 405th as a part of a project. Thanks!

    – Tom

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