Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
354th Fighter Group World War II History
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.
Location. Touch for map. Located in the Warbird Park next to Myrtle Beach International Airport. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America.
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); Activation of the 354th Fighter Day Wing (within shouting distance of this marker); Reactivation of 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.
Categories. • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 82 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 22, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.