The 365th Fighter Group (aka Hell Hawks) at Beaulieu Airfield / USAAF Station 408


I published the videoOpens in a new tab. you can watch below on 28 June 2024. I deliberately chose this date as it was eighty years to the day since the 365th Fighter Group, also known as the Hell Hawks, had left Beaulieu Airfield for France. The Hell Hawks had initially arrived at the airfield at the start of March 1944. They’d previously been based at Gosfield in Essex. Their three months on the south coast of England would be very eventful. 

I produced the film in order to commemorate their actions in the best way that I can, because during their time here, seventeen airmen of the 365th Fighter Group died, and not all due to enemy action.

During the video I put a cross down in the memory of those men, the names of whom you can read below..

  • Damon Jesse Gause
  • Stanley Eugene Fish
  • James M Allen
  • Milton E Soward
  • Frederick O’Donnell
  • Robert L Shipe
  • Jack J Martell
  • Edsel J McKnight
  • Mahlon Tallmadge Stelle
  • Harold M Jones
  • Raymond Noriega Moraga
  • John Alfred Weese
  • Donald R Swinburne
  • Thomas C McAllister
  • Wallace Eugene Rock
  • Lloyd Irvin Riff
  • Marcel DuPont

I also wish to include the ferry pilot who died on Beaulieu Airfield. His name was William J Shaffer (326th Ferry Squadron / 27th Air Transport Group).

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I hope you enjoy my dedication to Beaulieu Airfield. If you have any memories or questions please do get in touch with me so I can continue to add to this resource.

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