1/Lt. Delbert F. Blount

(M. Lauroesch)

1/Lt. Delbert F. Blount

338th FS - 07 December 1943 - 12 February 1944 (Hospitalised)
338th FS - 25 March 1944 - 21 July 1944 (Prisoner of War)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CL-H 44-13807

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
39 31 January 1944 Sweeps in the Eindhoven area
187 21 July 1944 Kempton
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Score Detail 21 July 1944  (2)Me-109 destroyed (air) NE Kempton
21 July 1944  Me-109 damaged (air) NE Kempton
Notes Home of Record - Hillsboro, OH
ASN - O-750521
07 December 1943 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
31 January 1944 - Force-landed P-38 at Leiston, England with battle damage and hospitalized with severely wounded left arm.
12 February 1944 - Transferred to 231st Station Hospital, APO 551
07 March 1944 - Awarded the Purple Heart
25 March 1944 - Re-joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
20 May 1944 - Awarded the Air Medal
21 June 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
29 June 1944 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
10 July 1944 - On detached service with 503rd FS, 339th FG
21 July 1944 - Prisoner of War
MACR No. 06846
Capt. Lanoy D. Anderson reported: "Lt. Delbert F. Blount had combat with an Me-109 in the vicinity of 48 degrees north, 10 degrees east in which he expended all his ammunition damaging the aircraft. He was not fired upon by enemy fire. About 15 minutes thereafter he reported that his ship was throwing oil, which covered the windshield, and that he was unable to maintain manifold pressure and engine RPM. He asked the heading to Switzerland and said that he would bail out when forced to do so. I called to Lt. Blount on the R/T and told him to check all his instruments again, and to change fuel tanks, which he acknowledged. I also gave him the heading and time to reach Switzerland. He answered that he was complying with instructions and would try to reach Switzerland. I did not see Lt. Blount's aircraft, the only contact being over the R/T."

Lt. Blount was taken prisoner in southern Germany, (German report KUJ 1736). He was interrogated by Hanns Scharff at Oberursel, July 29, 1944, and eventually imprisoned at Stalag Luft I.

Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble


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