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359th Fighter Group: Lt. John H. Oliphint

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Published on Mar 29, 2012

Lt. John Houston Oliphint - "The Mad Rebel"
359th Fighter Group, 369th Fighter Squadron
East Wretham Airfield, Station 133
Norfolk, England

Lt. John H. Oliphint flew with the 359th Fighter Group from April 1943 through June 8, 1944, when he was nearing La Fleche and his P-51 began to lose coolant. He continued to strafe, releasing his bombs point blank into the side of a locomotive. He crash landed, was injured, and needed medical attention, so the Maquis reported his position to the Germans. It was the Gestapo, though, who took him prisoner. After interrogation and torture, Lt. Oliphint and several others escaped. During his stay with the Resistance, Lt. Oliphint gathered data for British Intelligence. On August 5, 1944, he was picked up by the RAF at a covert airfield and returned to England. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years, through World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and was awarded Command Pilot wings and 43 medals including the Silver Star, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 8 Air Medals, 2 Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, Commendation Medal, Prisoner of War Medal, and numerous theater and foreign medals. John Houston Oliphint passed away on December 19, 2011. He was a true Texan... and a great fighter pilot.

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Learn more about the 359th Fighter Group in:

A Manifest Spirit: the 359th Fighter Group 1943-1945
by Charlotte Baldridge, Janet Fogg, and Richard Fogg

Available from Amazon and other retailers.

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