High School Wall of Honor
Robert Duane Eittreim
Class of June, 1938
|Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS. Need military pictures and copy of DD214 from family to establish a more complete bio page.|
Group, 357th Squadron
The 352nd FG Association was founded in 1983 when 19 veterans of the Group met in Orlando, Florida while attending an Eighth Air Force Reunion. The first official Association reunion was held in Oklahoma City in 1984 with 130 members and spouses attending and later grew to a membership of more than 1,100 veterans of the 352nd FG and 1st Service Group who served at Bodney, England and Chievres and Asch, Belgium between 1943 and 1945 during the Second World War.
The 352nd Fighter Group was constituted in Sept 1942 and activated at Brandley Field, CT on October 1, 1942. Two of its squadrons, the 21st (later changed to the 486th) and the 34th (later changed to the 487th) had long combat histories, but like the newly formed 328th, were short on experienced personnel. Early flight training in the P-47 Thunderbolts was at Westover, Trumbell, LaGuardia and Mitchel fields. Most of the enlisted personnel, Det. "A" of the 1st Service Group arrived in January, 1943.
The Group embarked from New York harbor July 1, 1943, arriving in Scotland July 5th and a few days later reached their new base at Bodney, England. Training for combat became intense those next few months.
The Group flew its first combat mission on September 9, 1943, an uneventful sweep out over the North Sea to escort returning B-17s. Some 40 pilots participated in this mission. Although the 352nd had several minor encounters with the enemy in their early missions, it wasn't until November 26th that Major J. C. Meyer, C.O. of the 487th Squadron scored their first victory-an Me-109 attacking the bombers near Gronigen-the first of many victories for the 352nd.
During WWII the 352nd flew 420 missions, 59,387 operational combat hours, destroyed 776 enemy aircraft and had 29 aerial aces. Returning to the U.S. at war's end, the unit was deactivated.
369th Fighter Group, 399th Squadron
The 369th Fighter Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with Third Air Force, stationed at Stuttgart Army Airfield, Arkansas. It was inactivated on 10 August 1945.
The 369th was primarily a training group during World
War II assigned initially to Fourth Air Force, than later to Third
Air Force in March 1944. It took part in air-ground maneuvers and
demonstrations, participating in the Louisiana Maneuvers in the summer
of 1944 and in similar activities in the US until after V-J Day
|01/06/16. Died 09/29/90.|
|Music: "Wind Beneath My Wings"|
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