By Kent Miller
This historical past sheds mild at the achievements of the 363rd for the interval it flew escort and flooring help missions over Europe. The daily operations are interspersed with rates from the crowd and squadron diaries, and supplemented through an exhaustive appendix to offer the reader a glance into the strive against actions of this little identified military Air strength association.
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August 20 (#393) Col. Tipton led 13 P-51s of the 382nd on an AAP in the 43 The 363rd Fighter Group in World War /I ground support operations (even the famous 354th Fighter Group was forced to switch over for a time in late 1944 - early 1945). With only two Mustang units to choose from, and the August 27 (#407) 16 P-51 s of the 380th and 382nd flew a sweep of the Chalon-Juvincourt area from 0757 to 1105. 354th having compiled an outstanding record it was decided the 363rd would be disbanded. (#408) Capt.
Knuppel led 8 P-51 s of the 381 st on an ACC mission to the Brest area from 0910 to 1135. The pilots strafed wagons in the Chatcaulanden area with unknown results. mission to the Brest area from 2003 to 2212. August 8 (#311) Capt. John R. Brown led 8 P-51 s of the 382nd on a sweep 10 Benodet Harbor from 0548 to 0800. The planes arrived at 0635 and on the first pass, Brown was hit by fire from a destroyer. He pulled off and bellied-in near Quimper and returned to Allied hands later in the month.
Irvin May 1943-March 30,1944 March 30, 1944-August 27, 1944 Group Operations Officers Capt. Irwin H. Dregne Maj. Raleigh M. Thomason Capt. Robert C. F]etcher Capt. Harry M. Sample March 1943-May 1943 May 24, I943-June 22, 1944 June 22, 1944-August 28,1944 August 28, ]944-September 4, ]944 Assistant Group Operations Officers Capt. Dave H. Culberson March] 9, 1943-April 8, 1943 Lt. Raymond R. Wisner November] 943-May ]944 Lt. Dell P. Hudson November 1943-July 1944 Lt. Robert D. Kunz June 1944-August 1944 July] 944-August 28, 1944 Capt.