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By Tom Ivie, Chris Davey

ISBN-10: 1780963033

ISBN-13: 9781780963037

The 325th FG was once activated below normal Order quantity 50 on 30 July 1942 and arrange education operations at Theodore F Greene box in windfall, Rhode Island. by means of mid-December 1942 the gang was once thought of prepared for strive against and the alert for in another country responsibility arrived on 2 January 1943. The pilots and their P-40s departed at the service USS Ranger on eight January and flew their plane off the vessel into Cazes airfield, close to Casablanca, on 19 January 1943. After the rest of the team of workers arrived in overdue February, the gang ready for wrestle, and at last flew its first undertaking on 17 April 1943 as a part of the 12th Air strength. in the course of the subsequent 4 months it participated within the North African crusade, and operations opposed to enemy-held islands within the Mediterranean Sea. by way of the top of the Sicilian crusade on 17 August the 325th FG had scored 128 aerial victories, been the 1st P-40 unit to bring 1,000-lb bombs opposed to enemy objectives and had escorted 1,100 bombers with no wasting a...

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By mid-May the 317th FS was at last up to full strength, and it joined the remainder of the group. The unit flew its first mission on 19 May, escorting bombers sent to attack Decimomannu airfield on Sardinia. Future ace Herschel H Green recalled the day’s events, which remained firmly entrenched in his memory decades later; ‘The “old timers” who had been flying combat for only a few weeks told us that we were lucky to have joined them at that time because there had been little action on the escort missions, and we would have the chance to break into combat slowly.

The Ju 88 turned into the attackers and they overshot. I slowed up, slid in behind him and gave him two short bursts. ’ The remaining kills were claimed by Lts Neil Carroll, James Jones, Noel Kitchen and Phillip Whiteside, with each pilot being credited with two apiece. Single kills were awarded to Lts John Brower, J C Dorety, Gerald Edwards, Walter Dahl, Donald Kerns and P E Suehle. Lt Roy Hogg’s assigned P-47D 42-75990, showing the 318th FS’s swept back cowling marking and national insignia added to the wheel covers (Dwayne Tabatt collection via Tom Ivie) P-47D-10 42-75008 BIG STUD was probably the best known of the various fighters flown by Lt Col Robert Baseler during his long tenure as CO of the 325th FG – he led the group from 5 April 1943 to 1 April 1944.

He bailed out and was later picked up by British forces. No bombers were lost – this was the first of 59 straight escort missions where no bombers were lost to enemy fighters. During the next 30 days the 325th flew 24 missions that saw its pilots perform bomber escort, dive-bombing and strafing. The fast faltering Luftwaffe was encountered just once, on 6 May 1943. On that date the 318th and 319th FSs flew a sea sweep between Cap Bon and Cap Serrat, and left several vessels burning after they were bombed.

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