Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
2nd Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Group
“The American Beagle Squadron”
with the squadron in combat during World War 2
[Dedicated] 18 October 1986
Combat in the Spitfire
From September 1942 through April 1944 the squadron flew combat missions in Spitfires supplied by Great Britain under the Reverse Lend-Lease Agreement. During the North African Campaign the squadron carried out harbor and airfield patrols, fighter sweeps and escort missions for cargo planes, medium bombers, attack planes and fighter bombers. In these operations 9 pilots were killed, 3 became prisoners of war, and 44 enemy aircraft were destroyed in the air. The squadron, in the Sicilian and Italian Campaigns, carried out harbor and convoy patrols, scrambles after enemy reconnaissance aircraft, fighter sweeps, dive-bombing missions, reconnaissance missions and escort missions for medium bombers. 3 pilots were killed, 5 became prisoners of war and 22 enemy aircraft were destroyed in the air, and dive-bombing and strafing, destroyed or damaged considerable enemy material.
In April 1944 the squadron was equipped with the P-51, Mustang, long-range fighter. From 10 May 1944 until early May 1945 the squadron, based near Termoli, Italy, carried out escort missions for heavy bombers over Europe
Erected 1986 by the American Beagle Squadron Association.
Location. 39° 46.774′ N, 84° 6.739′ W. Marker is in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Click for map. Marker (Memorial 111) is in the Memorial Park of the National Museum of the United States Air Force, with museum access off Springfield Street. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton OH 45433, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 86th Fighter Bomber Group (here, next to this marker); 5th Bomb Group (H) (here, next to 64th Troop Carrier Group (here, next to this marker); 459th Fighter Squadron (a few steps from this marker); Flying Cadet Class 40-G (a few steps from this marker); Headquarters Squadron, Air Service Command (a few steps from this marker); 390th Bombardment Group (H) (a few steps from this marker); 68th Fighter Squadron (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Regarding 2nd Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Group. A book, The American Beagle Squadron: A History Of The Second Fighter Squadron In World War II (ISBN:9781425924317), tells their story.
Also see . . .
1. 2nd Fighter Squadron Fact Sheet. (Submitted on May 16, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. NMUSAF Memorial Park Diagram. (Submitted on May 16, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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