Welcome to the WWII Forums! Log in or Sign up to interact with the community.

History of the 348th Fighter Group

Discussion in 'Air War in the Pacific' started by Biak, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
    341st in Providence Rhode Island during training: Left to Right
    Jules Brausseur, James Rea, William Doyal and "Nick" might be James Nixon
    In other information my Dad noted that Doyal was killed when his plane flipped over.
    341st Providence.jpg 341
     
    Biak likes this.
  2. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
    The following photos are of Aviation Cadets with Class 42-I. These photos where taken after completion of Primary Flight Training which they completed in March 1942. If all of these young men made it through the Aviation Cadet Training program they would have graduated from Advance Flight School in October of 1942 and become rated pilots in the Army Air Force, most, if not all, with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. This class, 42-I, took their training at Coleman field in Coleman Texas. Mister 2.jpeg Mister 3.jpeg
     
  3. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
  4. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
  5. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
  6. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
  7. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
  8. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
  9. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
  10. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
    Mister 5.jpeg
     
    lwd likes this.
  11. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
    This is the roster of all the Aviation Cadets that graduated from class 42-I at Foster Field, Victoria Texas. From here they went on to various Operational Training Units to become proficient in the type of aircraft they were to pilot. In the case of the 348th fighter Group they trained in the P-47 Thunderbolt. Foster Field Graduation.jpg Foster Field Graduates.jpg
     
  12. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
    Some photos from my Dad's album that you might like
     

    Attached Files:

    Biak likes this.
  13. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
    Some More Photos. The first two are of my Dad Clarence Blend and his plane "Battlin Beaut." In the second photo and below the nose cowling are my Dad on the left and his crew chief on the right his last name was Deing I believe.
     

    Attached Files:

    Biak likes this.
  14. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
    Photos continued
     

    Attached Files:

    Biak likes this.
  15. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
    a few more
     

    Attached Files:

    Biak likes this.
  16. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
    And a few more photos. Rumor has it that the 341st F.S. were big gamblers so I threw in a couple pictures that may verify that. A shot of the 341st Commanding Officer David Campbell and the next C.O. Sam Blair. Also a couple of very young men probably on Wadke Island - date unknown.
     

    Attached Files:

    Biak likes this.
  17. Biak

    Biak Adjutant Patron  

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2009
    Messages:
    6,691
    Likes Received:
    1,059
    THESE ARE OUTSTANDING !

    The Post #212 photo of Merle is one we've never seen. And the one in #216 is a much better copy of one I have.

    God I love this place.
     
  18. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
    Thought you might like these, I'm sure other's will too, eventually anyway. What I find interesting about the photos of Merle and my Dad is that they don't appear to be snapshots, they look professionally done. I know that there were many journalist roaming the battle fronts and often wrote articles for newspapers and magazines back home. I feel like these two photos and the squadron photo were products of these journalist. Also, I have seen many pictures on the WEB of my Dads plane "Battlin Beaut" but none of those photos are in his collection, I suspect the same is true with those. Merle's photo and my Dad's photo are the only two he has like this, it's to bad there are not more like these. I'm going to try and post two photos that that show what I mean about the journalist. hopefully you see these after this post.
     
  19. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
    Lieutenant Clarence "Herk" Blend of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, smiles as he poses next to a bulletin board, "Latest Flashes - News" that is hanging on the side of a building. He was the pilot of a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt that shot down a "Tony" (an Italian-designed Japanese fighter aircraft) while escorting several Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft over Wewak, New Guinea (present day Papua New Guinea), the previous day……December 2, 1943 Robert Doyle of the Milwaukee Journal
     

    Attached Files:

  20. BOB1949

    BOB1949 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    17
    This photo is of James Rea and Gary Gove Jules Brausseur wrote the note to my Dad in 2001.
     

    Attached Files:

Share This Page