325th Fighter Group

325fg.org is a project of the Army Air Corps Library and Museum. Volunteers are transcribing servicemen names and their awards from General Orders that we are publishing on this website for enthusiasts, families and researchers of genealogy and World War II history. The names on this honor roll of men assigned to the 325th Fighter Group is not a complete list of all who served with the 325th, however, we are attempting to locate as many documents that have survived as possible. Sources of material include the US National Archives, Air Force Historical Research Agency and the records donated by individual servicemen and their families. We hope you will find this information useful and enjoyable. We are accepting volunteers help in this very large World War II project as we preserve this history and honor service.

Constituted 24 June 1942 and activated on 3 August 1942 the 325th Fighter Group trained with P-40's. They moved to North Africa during January-February 1943 and were assigned to the Twelfth Air Force. Their first combat was on 17 April 1943. Their mission was to escort medium bombers, fly strafing missions, and make sea sweeps from their bases in Algeria and Tunisia. They would participate in the reduction of Pantelleria and the conquest of Sicily. The 325th received a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for action over Sardinia on 30 July 1943. Beginning in September they learned to fly P-47s and by December they had moved to Italy where they became part of the newly formed 15th Air Force where they would fly escort missions for the B-17 and B-24 bombers. In May of 1944 they would begin operations with the P-51 Mustang aircraft and fly them through V-E Day in May of 1945.

World War 2 Commanders

Maj Leonard C Lydon, 3 Aug 1942
Lt Col Gordon H Austin, 10 Dec 1942
Lt Col Robert L Baseler, 5 Jul 1943
Col Chester L Sluder, 1 Apr 1944
Lt Col Ernest H Beverly, 11 Sep 1944
Col Felix L Vidal, 2 Mar 1945


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