Valor in Combat

This site is dedicated to the men of the 354th Fighter Group during World War II. The group was assigned to IX Fighter Command under the command of Brigadier General Elwood R. "Pete" Quesada. The 354th Fighter Group was the first unit to take the Rolls-Royce Merlin P-51B Mustang into combat. The Pioneer Mustang Fighter Group, as they were famously known, was instrumental in the development of the P-51 for use in long-range missions to escort Eighth Air Force heavy bombers on strategic bombing raids deep into enemy territory at a very critical time. This unit achieved the highest record of 701 enemy aircraft destroyed in air-to-air engagements.

There are literally hundreds of recorded pages meticulously written by group and squadron historians detailing day to day operations from its activation in November 1942 to the end of hostitlies in May 1945. Presented here is only a concise narrative, this is their story.

354th HQ

353rd FS

355th FS

356th FS

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This website will continue to grow. Future materials and updates will be listed under News.


We are back with a new look and with more content. This site has more than 230 images from personal collections and national archives. 355th's Ace Clayton K. Gross has written a eulogy to fallen brothers in Dedications. New names continue to be added to the Unit Roster. There are currently five videos showing at the Pioneer Cinema. Read wartime articles that were featured in Popular Science and True magazines and in the Stars & Stripes U.S. Armed Forces newspaper under Media.

18 Oct - New Visitor Submitted Photo Gallery has been added.