337th Fighter Group

98th Fighter Squadron || 303rd Fighter Squadron || 304th Fighter Squadron || 440th Fighter Squadron




From 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II':


Constituted as 337th Fighter Group on 16 July 1942 and activated on 23 July. Assigned to Third AF.
Equipped with variety of aircraft, primarily P-40s (1942-1943) and P-51s (1944).
Trained replacement crews for duty overseas. Disbanded on 1 May 1944.


Squadrons

98th: 1942-1944
303rd: 1942-1944
304th: 1942-1944
440th: 1943-1944


Stations

Morris Field, North Carolina, 23 July 1942
Drew Field, Florida, 7 August 1942
Sarasota, Florida, circa 3 January 1943-1 May 1944


Commanders

Lt.Col. James Ferguson, 27 July 1942
Colonel Charles Kegelman, 12 November 1943-1 May 1944


Campaigns

American Theater


Decorations

None



Note: All above information pertains to this unit's activities up to 1945.
Any subsequent activity from 1946 onward is not included.



War Gamers


Three P-40Ns from the 337th FG, led by the group commander, in Florida skies.
The 337th was headquartered at Sarasota Field, Florida for most of its lifetime and
served as an RTU (replacement training unit), also participating frequently in
various 'wargames' associated with the AAFTC (Army Air Forces Tactical Center)
which was headquartered at Orlando Army Air Base, Florida.



Project 914 Archives (S.Donacik collection) - Larger Image



Here's a bit of a closer look at the ships in the above photo...

I mentioned above that the 337th was headquarted at Sarasota Field... the 98th and 303rd
Fighter Squadrons operated from Sarasota while the 304th and 440th operated from Pinellas
Field, Florida. The 'J' and 'H' codes were used by the 98th and 303rd Fighter Squadrons,
respectively, and also, I think, by the 304th and 440th... though I am not entirely certain
of this at the moment. In any event, the ship coded 'H73' is from the 303rd Fighter Squadron,
while the ship coded 'J29' is from the 98th Fighter Squadron... and it's apparently the
'C-flight' leader's mount, judging by the stripe on the rear fuselage.



Project 914 Archives (S.Donacik collection) - Larger Image



A slightly different view...


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And a third view...


From: 'The P-40 Warhawk' by Turner Publishing for the P-40 Warhawk Pilots Association, 1991 - Larger Image



And here's a look at the other side of the group CO's ship.
Note that there's another P-40 far off in the distance, at the bottom of the image.


Project 914 Archives (S.Donacik collection) - Larger Image



Another view of the CO's ship after a bit of paint has been removed!


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Here's a look at an earlier ship flown by the 337th's CO... 'tis a long-tail P-40K.


Source of original image: Air Force Historical Research Agency - Larger Image



This may possibly be the same P-40K, selling war bonds in the streets of Sarasota.
I've been told that the location is the intersection of Main Street and Pineapple Avenue.


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A platform was set up next to the Hawk so folks could take a look inside and, if
they bought a war bond, they could also have their photo taken sitting in the cockpit.


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And here's one such photo, showing a lovely lass in the pilot's seat...


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Two-ship of 98th Fighter Squadron P-40Ks.


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A couple'a shots of a four-ship from the 303rd Fighter Squadron.
Three P-40Ns followed by a single P-40K-10-CU... a long-tailed P-40K.


Project 914 Archives (S.Donacik collection) - Larger Image


Project 914 Archives (S.Donacik collection) - Larger Image



John Duddy, center, was a crew chief from the 98th FS... see more HERE.


Brian Duddy collection - Larger Image



P-40s of the 303rd Fighter Squadron, lined up for inspection at Sarasota on April 10th, 1943.
See more photos of 337th FG P-40s from the Michael Drake collection HERE.


Michael Drake collection via Florida Memory.com - Larger Image


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