Everett Wilson Stewart

Stewart, Everett Wilson (Ev, Stew)
Born: July 18, 1915 Abilene, Kansas


Everett Stewart graduated from Kansas State University then joined the Army Reserves in 1938 then graduated from Flight School in May, 1939. He flew with the 20th Pursuit Group prior to December 7th and then flew combat missions as a flight commander, operations officer and finally squadron commander from Hawaii and Midway Island.

After the Battle of Midway, Stewart was assigned as Squadron CO of the 328th FS/352nd FG and sailed to England with them in Summer 1943. Major Stewart shared an Me 110 on December 22, 1943 near Zwolle, and shared a third of an He-177 on January 5th near Bernard then transferred to the 355th FG. He became Group Executive officer and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel January 28, 1944.

Stewart led the 355th on several big scoring days in March when the 355th became the 3rd 8th AF Mustang Group. He scored all the remaining air victories between March 6 and April 11, 1944 to become the 355th FG’s third ace following Norm Olson and Walter Koraleski.

Stewart became 355th Group Commander in November 1944, was promoted to Colonel in January, 1945 then was assigned to take over the 4th FG in February 1945, which he commanded for the rest of the war. He managed to damage a Me 262 on March 3, 1945 to conclude his scoring for the war. Everett Stewart flew more missions than anyone in the 355th FG and finished the war with 180 missions and more than 500 combat hours with the 352nd, the 355th and the 4th FG’s.

Colonel Stewart retired from the USAF in 1966

Final Score 7.83 destroyed (0.83 with 352nd) plus one probable and 4 damaged in the air, 1.5 destroyed (355th) plus 3 damaged on the ground.

Awards: SS, DFC (4), AM (10), Distinguished Unit Citation
Aircraft assigned: 352nd FG P-47D 42-8437 PE-G Sunny IV;355th FG P-51B 43-xxxx WR-S Sunny V, P-51D 44-13540 WR-S Sunny VI, P-51D 44-15255 WR-S Sunny VII; 4th FG 44-72181 VF-S Sunny VIII

Written by Bill Marshall,
author "Angels, Bulldogs and Dragons - History of the 355FG in WWII"

Contributed by Bill Marshall, October, 2006. Unverified.

The text is copyright Bill Marshall 2006. All Rights Reserved. You may not copy or reproduce this biography without the express written consent of Bill Marshall.

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Asa A. Adair He returned to the States in August of 1944 after participating in the invasion "D" Day. He flew P-63's, P-51's, F-80's, T-33's, F-84's, T-38's, P-47's in numerous assignments during the following twenty years in in, Japan, U.S.A. and Europe before retiring after twenty-six years of Active Duty.
John C. Anderson After P-47 transition he was assigned to the 406th Fighter Group, 512th Fighter Squadron. (E.T .0.) He flew 56 missions through January, 1945 destroying supply routes, bridges, and railroads; he also flew close support missions with the ground forces, with attacks on tanks, artillery and enemy positions.
W.B. 'Tex' Badger Eight and Ninth Air Force in WWII. B-l7's, P-51's and P-47's. Fifth Air Force in Korea, F80's and F86's. WWII and Korea, Flew 156 missions. Tactical units served in with the USAAF and USAF were: 305th BG , 368th Fighter Group, 4th Fighter Group, 49th Fighter Group, 12th Fighter Wing, 506th Fighter Wing.
Robert T. (Bob) Bagby He trained in P47's at Cross City and Dale Mabry Fields, Florida and then joined the 341st FS Black Jack Squadron), 348th FG of the 5th AF in Brisbane, Australia in June 1943. Bob flew 78 combat missions in New Guinea (Port Moresby, Finchafen, Sador, Wakde and Biak) primarily as wingman to squadron CO's John Campbell and John Moore. Also privileged to fly wing to Neil Kirby on several occasions.
Frank Baker After brief stops at Stone and Atcham, England he joined the 313th Fighter Squadron of the 50th Fighter Group in France. He flew 90 missions through V.E. Day. Most of the missions were close support attacks on various ground targets with a few B-26 escort missions thrown in. All of the missions took place in eastern France and southern Germany. He was awarded the Air Medal with 11 oak leaf clusters.
John M. Balason To relieve the boredom, Balason went down on the deck and blew up a locomotive he had observed at altitude. A few seconds after making his strafing pass he received a hit in his left wing tank and a fire started immediately in the cockpit. The paralyzing effect of the intense heat made climbing out of the cockpit impossible.
Albert W. Barlow, Jr. He flew 69 escort and ground support missions. Destroyed one E/A (ME-I09). Was shot down on Sept. 8, 1944, and evaded enemy ground forces for 8 days. Was picked up by an American Recon. Unit behind the German lines. Was hospitalized until Feb. 1948, when he was medically retired with the rank of Capt. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, and Purple Heart.
William T. Beckler In July, 1944 Beckler exchanged his P-40 for a P-47N Thunderbolt. Missions in the Jug covered Northern Italy and Southern France. These included escorting medium bombers. The Bombers, based in Southern Italy, would be escorted to France by Thunderbolts based on Corsica. Shortly before target the Jugs would pull ahead of the bombers and bomb the enemy gun positions. Beckler's activities while participation in three major campaigns earned him the DFC, two Air Medals and two Presidential citations.
Herbert R. Benson After training in P-47 Thunderbolts at bases in North Carolina, Virginia, and Delaware, he was assigned to the European Theatre of operations and joined the 48th Fighter Group 493rd Fighter Squadron at St. Trond, Belgium. After flying 44 combat missions, he was awarded the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf clusters.
Marvin C. Bigelow Training in the Southeast Training Command with the class of 44C, he graduated and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant single engine pilot at Marianna, Florida with the class of 44D. After checking out in the P-40 at Marianna, he transitioned in the P-47 in the Northeast Defense Command and after gunnery at Dover, Delaware was shipped on the Queen Mary to England.
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