31st FG Unit Markings
31st Fighter Group
Squadrons of the 31st FG
307th Fighter Squadron
308th Fighter Squadron
309th Fighter Squadron
Assigned 8th AAF: Jun 1942
VII FC: 10 Jun 1942
VII FC, 6 FW 16 Aug
ATCHAM 11 Jun. 42-1 Aug. 42. Hq. 307 & 308FS
HIGH ERCALL 11 Jun. 42-4 Aug. 42. 309FS
WESTHAMPNETT 1 Aug. 42-21 Oct. 42 (308 FS in 4 Aug. ,308 FS in 24 Aug. 42)
MERSTON 24 Aug. 42-unkn. 307FS
(307 and 309FS at Warmwell 19-27 Jul. 42; 307FS at Biggin Hill1 Aug. 42-24 Aug.
42; 308FS at Kenley 1 Aug. 42-24 Aug. 42).
Col John R. Hawkins: 1 Jul 42-4 Dec. 42.
First Mission: 29 Aug. 1942
Last Mission: 9 Oct. 1942
Total sorties: 1,286
*(First sorties with RAF 26 Jul. 42 First squadron.operation 5 Aug.42)
Enemy Aircraft Claims: 2 - 1 - 6 air
Claims to Fame
First group to commence operations with 8AF.
Activated 1 Feb. 1940 at Selfridge Field, Mich. Trained with early P-39s. Moved
to Baer Field, Ind, 6 Dec. 1941 and to New Orleans AB, La, in Feb.1942. Scheduled
to fly P-39s to United Kingdom via north Atlantic ferry route but project cancelled.
Ground echelon sailed on Queen Elizabeth on the 4 June 1942 arriving Clyde 10
June 1942. Pilots followed later in month. Flying training at Atcham 26 Jun.
Assigned 12AF, Xll FC on the 14 Sep. 1942 but continued to operate under VlIl
FC. Off operational status 10 Oct. 1942. Spitfires shipped to Gibraltar. Personnel
sailed from Clyde for Gibraltar 26 Oct. 1942. Unit fought with the 12AF in North
Africa and Italy. In May 1944 unit converted to P-51s and flew escort for 15AF.
Unit was inactivated on Nov. 1945. Activated again in 1946. Operated F-51s in
Germany and in 1947 returned to US. Equipped with F-84 in 1948. The unit was
TAC unit for many years flying F-100s, in operations in the Vietnam War.