354th Fighter Group World War II History, a War Memorial

354th Fighter Group World War II History, a War Memorial (HM1XEL)

Location: Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Horry County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 39.641', W 78° 55.694'

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The 354th Fighter Wing has a long and distinguished past. The wing saw action in every major conflict in which the United States was involved, except for the Korean War.Activated at Hamilton Field in California on November 15, 1942, as the 354th Fighter Group, it first flew the P-39 aircraft. In October 1943, the 354th began flying the P-51 Mustang, and in December it began flying combat missions in Europe. Pilots of the 354th flew 18,344 sorties and totaled 500.25 combat victories against the German Luftwaffe. The group produced 67 aces. Lieutenant Colonel Glenn Eagleston was the leading ace, downing 18.5 enemy aircraft.In late 1944, the 354th began flying P-47s in a fighter-bomber role. During World War II the wing earned two Distinguished Unit Citations and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm. In February 1946, the 354th was transferred back to the United States and inactivated.
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Lieutenant Colonel Glenn Eagleston leading ace, downed 18.5 German Luftwaffe planes.
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Lieutenant Frederick Canada, Lieutenant Frances O'Connell, Lieutenant Colonel Jack Bradley and Lieutenant Thomas Mills pose beside the North American P-51 "Margie May" of the 354th Fighter Group at an airfield in Ober Olm, Germany on April 17, 1945.
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Date Added Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 692096 N 3726459
Decimal Degrees33.66068333, -78.92823333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 39.641', W 78° 55.694'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 39' 38.46" N, 78° 55' 41.64" W
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Area Code(s)803, 843
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 514-598 Farrow Pkwy, Myrtle Beach SC 29577, US
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