1/Lt. Kenneth W. Griffith

(C. Olshavsky)

1/Lt. Kenneth W. Griffith

338th FS - 28 October 1944 - 24 December 1944 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D 44-13767

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
291 24 December 1944 Babenhausen
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Notes Entered service from Beaumont, Texas
ASN - O-673362
28 October 1944 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
17 December 1944 - Awarded the Air Medal
24 December 1944 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 11311

1/Lt. Frank D. Bradford reported: "Lt. Griffith was last heard from about 1500, following a bounce on E/A near Hamm, Germany.  Position is unknown but estimate 5150 - 0800 E.  His altitude was approximately 1,000 feet.  He called in on R/T that he was hit in the arm and replied to instructions from the flight leader that he was unable to gain altitude. Lt. Griffith was not seen as he made these calls, nor later, because the flight was dispersed in combat."

Targets were airdromes and fighter sweep in the Coblenz, Germany area.  Lt. Griffith was downed by flak.  He was flying as Acorn White 2, wingman to the squadron leader.  Lt. Bradford was flying as Acorn White 3, the element leader.  German report J 2711 stated aircraft completely destroyed, pilot dead, completely burned.  Location, 1.5km east of Lippstadt am Bokerkanal.  Lt. Griffith is buried at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont, Texas.

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

Additional Photo Lt. Griffith (Robert M. Littlefield)

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