Mitchel Field: Uniondale, Long Island 1917 - 1961. A U.S.
Army Air Corps base. Near what had been an unnamed enlistment center in 1776,
then Camp Winfield Scott in 1860 and Camp Black in 1898. Also near Mitchel
Field 1918 and 1938. Adjacent to Hazelhurst Field (1917-1919) which became
Field (1920-1929) and then Roosevelt Field (1929-1951). Originally Aviation
Field #2 (1917-1918) then named for NYC Mayor John Mitchel killed in training
in Louisiana. Formerly Headquarters First US Air Force. Key base in the defense
of metropolitan New York in the 1940s through 1950s. Active and Reserve Air
Transport Units until closure in 1961. Parts of housing area retained and were
still in use by USN for multiservice housing.
For more information see www.lihistory.com/specguid/war.htm (link
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The following was submitted by Tim Grace, 368th FG Historian:
The 368th Fighter Group, flying Republic Aviation's P-47 Thunderbolt,
participated in 1406 missions in Europe from March 14 1944-May 9 1945. The
368th FG led all Ninth Air Force P-47 groups with 145 aerial victories and
was the the recipient of the Presidential Unit Citation. Activated 1 June 1943,
as an Overseas Training Unit the group was stationed at Farmingdale, NY from
Aug-Dec 1943. During this time the 397th Fighter Squadron of the group operated
12 miles away at Mitchel Field, NY.
For additional information contact: www.368thfightergroup.com.
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March 14th, 1944 to May 9, 1945
Combat Hours Flown: 45,390
Combat Missions Flown: 1406
Combat Sorties: 17,455
Aerial Victories: 145
Aircraft lost or damaged beyond repair: 110
.50 caliber ammunition fired: 4,570,892 rounds
Pounds of ordnance (all types) dropped: 10,860,000 lbs.
For addtional information see:
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New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military
February 20, 2006