Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
354th Fighter Group World War II History
The 354th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) had its genesis as the 354th Fighter Group (FG) in November 1942 at Hamilton Field, California. In October 1943, it was moved to England and began aerial combat operations flying P-51s. In November 1944, it began flying the P-47 aircraft and continued aerial combat operations in the European Theater until V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day).
The 354th Fighter Group's combat record included two Distinguished Unit Citations and a Medal of Honor winner, Major James H. Howard. On August 25, 1944, 83 P-51 were launched in six waves, and the pilots were credited with destroying 51 enemy aircraft.
During World War II, the 354th flew 18,334 sorties, produced 67 aces, shot down 701 enemy aircraft, destroyed 255 airplanes on the ground, and destroyed 150 armored vehicles, 584 locomotives, 5,282 railroad cars, 55 bridges, 122 gun sights, 15 ammo dumps, 37 hangars, 834 buildings and nine airdromes.
The unit returned to the United States in February 1946 and was deactivated.
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War Theater Operations
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Republic P-47 pilots
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, World II.
Location. 33° 39.64′ N, 78° 55.693′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Memorial is at the intersection of Farrow Parkway and South Kings Highway, on the right when traveling north on Farrow Parkway. Located in the Warbird Park next to Myrtle Beach International Airport. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named 354th Fighter Group World War II History (here, next to this marker); 354th Fighter Group History (here, next to this marker); 354th Tactical Fighter Wing A-7D (a few steps from this marker); Myrtle Beach Air Force Base 1980 - 1990 (a few steps from this marker); Myrtle Beach Army Air Field / Myrtle Beach Air Force Base (a few steps from this marker); Reactivation of 354th Fighter Day Wing (a few steps from this marker); Activation of the 354th Fighter Day Wing (within shouting distance of this marker); Forgotten Warriors (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2017. It was originally submitted on March 22, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 244 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 22, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.