|Units that were attached or directly supported the
368th Fighter Group
|Every combat unit has support units that are attached directly or indirectly.
Without these support units no combat unit would be able to carry out their missions.
The support units are often overlooked in the history books.
This page is dedicated to the units that were attached or directly supported the
368th Fighter Group.
|382nd Air Services Squadron
Provided intermediate and depot level aircraft maintenance.
Major engine, sheet metal, or structural repair was performed by the 382nd ASS.
|1st Platoon (Air Force Clearing Station), 39th Field Hospital.
The 39th FH was one the 3 Field Hospitals being experimented with by the Army Air Forces in the ETO. It
had been assigned to the 9th Air Force, with instructions that each Platoon was to act as a separate Air
Force Clearing Station, governed by Headquarters. Headquarters, comprising 4 Officers, 1 Nurse and 19
EM, was to handle all administrative matters between individual Platoons and higher echelons. The Chief
Nurse, although assigned to Headquarters, would perform her duties with the Platoon to which she was
Each Platoon would consist of 4 Medical Officers, 1 Dental Officer, 1 Medical Administrative Officer, 6
Nurses, and 57 Enlisted Men.
1st AFSC was assigned to Strip A-3 Cardonville and provided medical support to the 368th FG.
Operations consisted of administering medical care to ALG A-3. The Hospital unit was set up and ready to
receive patients as from 0800 hours, June 26, 1944. The first patient arrived at 1535, and the first surgical
case at 2200 (appendectomy).
Read more about the 39th Field Hospital.
|2nd Platoon, B Battery, 225th Anti-Aircraft Artillery (searchlight)
29June44 - 25July44
Assigned to ALG A-3, the 2nd platoon provided anti-aircraft cover for the 368th FG with quad .50 cal and
single .50 Machine Guns.
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|816th Engineer Aviation Battalion
Although not attached to the 368th FG, the 816th EAB was responsible for the construction of ALG A-3,
completing the airfield just 8 days after D-Day.
Visit this great site about the IX Engineer Command and the 816th EAB
IX Engineer Command
|2059th Engineer Aviation Firefighting Platoon
Greenham Common, England
10Jan – 15Mar44
The first crash landing well be one of long remembrance by all members of this
unit. After having trained and getting proficient with the American Crash truck,
Class 135, the first crash truck assigned this unit was a British type tender
known as an FWD. This tender was horribly outdated in way of equipment and
type of pump. No one knew how to operate this Crash tender for maximum
proficiency, but through constantly experimenting, water and foam finally came
out of the fire hose. The 368th Fighter Group to which we were attached had
just gotten their planes and all the pilots were anxious to try them out. Sunday
afternoon about 1615 hours a call was received that one of the planes could
not get its wheels down for a landing. We took the crash truck to where we
thought the plane would come to rest. Everyone was wounding if the equipment
would function properly, hoping the hose would not break. The Commanding
Officer of the Group was going to bring him in on the runway. We were waiting
and sweating him in. He made a beautiful landing with sparks flying behind
him. When he finely stopped a small fire started that was extinguished
immediately. We experienced one such landing again at this station and were
successful in not losing either plane or pilot.
|816th EAB Crest
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photos and information about
the 382nd ASS
|ALG A-3 during construction just a few days after D-Day