357th Fighter Group

"The Yoxford Boys"

Presented in honor of all members of the 357th FG and their families.

History of the 357th Fighter Group

 Leiston Airfield

Combat Stories of the 357th Fighter Group

 357th FG Film from WWII

Newest 357th FG Photos

 "Geronimo"

357th FG Model Gallery

(150+  models on display to honor the 357th FG!)

 

"Tangerine"

Special 357th FG Art Work 

   2001 Leiston Memorial Service 

Free 357th FG Screen Saver (41 Great photos)

Profiles of 357th FG Mustangs

Favorite P-51 Mustang Videos

   357th FG Reunion 2001 (The Last One!) 

EXCITING NEW BOOK ON THE 357th FG by Joey Maddox

"The Great Rate Race for Europe: Stories of the 357th Fighter Group"

 

 

Paperback Book

 

"The Great Rat Race for Europe: Stories of the 357th Fighter Group (Sortie One) tells the true stories of the Yoxford Boys of the 357th Fighter Group; arguably the best Army Air Force fighter group in the European Theater during World War Two. Aces Kit Carson, Bud Anderson, Johnny England, Pete Peterson, Chuck Yeager and others from this elite group of “tigers” eventually became famous after the war, while other Yoxford Boys just melted back into the scenery that was the American post war years. Those were the lucky ones as scores of these brave, young American lads flying their P-51 Mustangs into combat against the Luftwaffe never saw home again as the result of this epic air war over Europe.

 

 

eBook

357th FG Photographs

Vintage Documents

357th FG Combat Losses

 

Newest book on the 357th FG by Joey Maddox

"The Great Rat Race For Europe"

 

  Paperback Book

 
"The Great Rat Race for Europe: Stories of the 357th Fighter Group (Sortie One) tells the true stories of the Yoxford Boys of the 357th Fighter Group; arguably the best Army Air Force fighter group in the European Theater during World War Two. Aces Kit Carson, Bud Anderson, Johnny England, Pete Peterson, Chuck Yeager and others from this elite group of “tigers” eventually became famous after the war, while other Yoxford Boys just melted back into the scenery that was the American post war years. Those were the lucky ones as scores of these brave, young American lads flying their P-51 Mustangs into combat against the Luftwaffe never saw home again as the result of this epic air war over Europe.

Their stories are all here including Leonard “Kit” Carson’s account of The Great Rat Race which helped to break the back of the Luftwaffe (from his fantastic book Pursue and Destroy), the strange and sad end of decorated fighter ace Dittie Jenkins who safely returned from his last mission against the Nazis only to be killed while celebrating with an impromptu air show over Station 373 at Leiston, and the first hand account of life in a Stalag Luft (prisoner of war camp) with Colonel Henry Spicer, the irascible commanding officer of the American section of the POW camp (and one-time 357th Fighter Group Commanding Officer) who drove the German officers to the brink with his rock solid spirit of rebellion and the love and admiration of his men.
Fly into weather so thick that the ducks are walking with Pete Peterson, one of the leading aces of the Group, as he walks you through a hair-raising landing on Leiston Field with zero visibility and three inexperienced pilots on his wing. Then 357th fighter pilot Joe Shea recaptures the common boredom ridden hours and terror stricken moments faced by replacement pilots of the Group during their first combat missions, including Shea’s account of his last encounter, eyeball to eyeball, with a German pilot in an Me-262 jet fighter as it slid over his wing and lined up perfectly in his gun sight.
Relive the greatest (as well as the worst) days of the 8th Air Force’s first long range Mustang fighter outfit in short stories written by the pilots of the 357th Fighter Group, their families, and this author in this collection of memories and tall tales of the famous Yoxford Boys."

 

eBook
 

   

357th FG New Photos

 Photo Identification Page (Help us ID these Photos)

357th FG Art

357th FG Related Merchandise

The Heritage Continues with the OHANG

357th FG Reunion 2000

 

   

  357th FG Hats  

 Special 357th Art Poster For Sale

 Aces of the 357th FG

The Opposition - German Aircraft

Dedication Ceremony of the Captain Fletcher E. Adams 357th Fighter Group Museum, 24 July 2010

New 357th FG Book by Joey Maddox

Merle Olmsted's fantastic new book on the 357th FG. Forward by B/Gen Charles Yeager. The ultimate book on the "Yoxford Boys."

About Merle's Book

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Below are links to other sites dedicated to the 357th FG

2005 Leiston Memorial Service. FOLA, Peter Saunders (FOLA) and Joe Shea (357th FG)

Friends of Leiston Airfield - FOLA

www.beforeyougo.us - A Tribute to our Veterans

357th FG Armorer, Hoyt Parmer's 357th FG Site

Lt Joe Black's Web Site

Frank Aldridge's Fantastic site!

357th FG Pilot Harry Ankeny's Combat Diary

Click here for the most accurate list of 357th FG Tail Numbers and Code Letters we have found. It is on Peter Randall's fantastic site "Little Friends" 8th AF Fighter Groups. This link will take you to the 357th FG section. If you have any information to help fill this list in, please contact us at jimswa@juno.com. Thanks!

To all Members of the 357th FG "Yoxford Boys"
We have started a private web site for our Former Members, Officially Designated Friends of the 357th FG, Close Family of Former members, and Web Site Authors of 375th FG related Web sites. It is open to members by invitation only. If you would like to join, please contact Joe Shea at: p51jshea@aol.com

To anyone planning a visit to Leiston Airfield, England:

Anyone planning to visit Leiston Airfield should be advised that a small group of local people are happy to act as hosts to show you around the old airfield. They can meet you in Leiston or even collect you from the nearest train station and take you by car to the airfield. They have access to all of the site so can provide a much more complete visit than if you turn up unannounced. The service is completely free of charge. The coordinator is Chris Durrant. You can contact Chris on +44 1728 602334 or at cjdurrant@btinternet.com

 

 

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