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365th Fighter Group
365th Fighter Group
|Aircraft for : 365th Fighter Group|
|A list of all aircraft known to have been flown by 365th Fighter Group. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.|
Production Began : 1943
Number Built : 15683
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
|Signatures for : 365th Fighter Group|
|A list of all signatures from our database who are associated with this squadron. A profile page is available by clicking their name.|
Click the name or photo above to see prints signed by 1st Lieutenant Lavern R Alcorn
| 1st Lieutenant Lavern R Alcorn |
Joining the Hell Hawks just after D-Day he was shot down by ground fire over occupied Falaise in August but with the help of French civilians evaded capture and returned to his unit. He finished the war with 79 combat missions and scored two aerial victories in April 1945.
Click the name or photo above to see prints signed by Lieutenant Colonel Michael D Cannon
| Lieutenant Colonel Michael D Cannon |
Joining the Hell Hawks in January 1945 he notched up a n impressive 48 combat missions before the end of the war, flying his P-47 Haulin Ass II on ground attack and strafing missions during the push through Germany.
Click the name or photo above to see prints signed by 1st Lieutenant John H Fetzer Jr
| 1st Lieutenant John H Fetzer Jr |
The pilot of P-47 The Madam, he served with the 365th from August 1943 until the end of the war. Flying missions on D-Day he took off in the darkness of the early hours, destroying a number of armoured vehicles including a Tiger tank.
Click the name or photo above to see prints signed by 1st Lieutenant Jay A Harrington
| 1st Lieutenant Jay A Harrington |
Flying from March 1944 opne of his first missions was the hit on the marshalling yard at Haiger. He flew missions on D-Day, the major strike on St Lo and throughout the advance from Normandy to the final days in Germany up to the end of the war.
Click the name or photo above to see prints signed by Lieutenant Colonel Ralph F Kling
| Lieutenant Colonel Ralph F Kling |
Joining the 365th in May 1944 he flew over D-Day and Normandy shooting down an Me109 on 2nd July. His luck ran out in September when he was hit while strafing and bailed out of his burning P-47 Poppie. He was captured becoming a POW at Stalag Luft III.
Click the name or photo above to see prints signed by 1st Lieutenant Edward J Lopez DFC
| 1st Lieutenant Edward J Lopez DFC |
Joining the 365th Fighter Group slightly after D-Day he fought through Normandy, Bastogne and into Germany, dropping 500lb bombs on armored convoys. On one occasion he pressed on to destroy flak guns despite being badly hit by their 20mm fire.
Click the name above to see prints signed by First Lieutenant Samuel Buzzard Lutz
| First Lieutenant Samuel Buzzard Lutz |
Joining the service in December 1942, Samuel Lutz flew his first combat mission with the 365th Fighter Group in October 1944, strafing targets in the Rhineland. A few days later he almost forced to ditch after an ammunition dump he was strafing exploded. Later that year he was involved in heavy combat throughout the Battle of the Bulge. When he left the Air Force at the end of the war, he had flown 73 combat missions, all in the P-47.
Click the name or photo above to see prints signed by Lieutenant Colonel Archie F Maltbie DFC
| Lieutenant Colonel Archie F Maltbie DFC |
Flying with the Hell Hawks from May 1944 he was forced to bail out in August after shooting down an Me109 which exploded. Evading capture he returned to the unit. As well as ground attack missions he also downed a Ju88 on 15th March 1945.
Click the name or photo above to see prints signed by Lieutenant Colonel William H McChessney Jr DFC
| Lieutenant Colonel William H McChessney Jr DFC |
One of the original pilots of the Hell Hawks, joining in August 1943, he flew two sorties on D-Day, Market Garden, Bastogne and Operation Bodenplatte in his P-47 Judy Ann. He finished the war with 121 combat missions and a Ju88 destroyed.
Click the name or photo above to see prints signed by Major Allen V Mundt
| Major Allen V Mundt |
Joining the Hell Hawks at Chievre, Belgium in November 1944 he flew 58 combat missions during the Battle of the Bulge and the push through Germany. On two occasions his aircraft was hit by 20mm cannon while low level strafing and bombing.
Click the name or photo above to see prints signed by Colonel Herbert L Prevost DFC
| Colonel Herbert L Prevost DFC |
Joining the Hell Hawks in June 1944 he flew operations on D-Day and over Normandy, once managing to return his P-47 after str4iking his propeller on the ground whilst strafing a train. He was awarded the DFC for helping destroy seven tanks, three armored vehicles and five trucks at Weyerbusch in March 1945.
Click the name or photo above to see prints signed by Lieutenant Colonel Carl R Riggs
| Lieutenant Colonel Carl R Riggs |
From November 1944 until the end of the war he completed 56 combat missions including the Battle of the Bulge and on 1st January 1945 was wounded during the Luftwaffe attack of Operation Bodenplatte but returned to combat shortly after.
Click the name or photo above to see prints signed by 1st Lieutenant Matt Ruper DFC
| 1st Lieutenant Matt Ruper DFC |
Flying with the Hell Hawks from June 1944 to the end of the war he completed 106 combat missions including Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge and survived being shot down by ground fire during a low level strafing mission.
Click the name or photo above to see prints signed by Lieutenant Colonel Thomas E Stanton
| Lieutenant Colonel Thomas E Stanton |
387th Fighter Squadron Hell Hawks P-47 pilot.
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