352nd Fighter Group

This site is dedicated to all those who served with the
352nd Fighter Group and 1st Service Group during the Second World War.


2015 352nd Fighter Group Reunion

September 17 - 20, Ogden, UT


The dates have been set, the hotel booked, and you are going to LOVE the next reunion! September 17-20 will find us in the great state of Utah, at Ogden’s Hilton Garden Inn. This reunion promises to be an excellent experience for all!

The Rigby Family will be hosting us as their special guests for this year’s reunion of the 352nd Fighter Group Association. Ogden is close to Hill Air Force Base, and many other attractions. Here’s a little taste of what you can plan on experiencing?

Thursday, Sep 17th - Arrivals (shuttle service from the Salt Lake City airport will be available) and reuniting with old friends in the Rendezvous Room of the hotel. The annual meeting of the Board of Directors will take place at 1600 hours. Dinner will be on your own in the hotel or at one of the many local restaurants.

Friday, Sep 18th - Tour of Hill Air Force Base, with lunch at Rickenbacker’s Steakhouse at the Ogden airport. The P-51 Mustang “Hell-er Bust” will be there on display, and we will get to hear stories from our veterans and their families.

Saturday, Sep 19th - We will tour the Hill Air Force Base Museum, and have lunch in the Museum. Then we have options: we can tour downtown Ogden, visit the Harvest Moon Festival, check out Ogden’s Union Station (four museums, two galleries, one historic train station!) or just relax and rest in the hotel! That evening will be our annual Banquet.

Sunday, Sep 20th - Shuttle service will take you back to the Salt Lake City airport for your trip home.

Your presence at this wonderful event is highly anticipated. Punchy plans to be there. Alden Rigby’s family will be our host. Do we need to say anything else to encourage you to attend this year’s reunion in Ogden, Utah? Okay, okay. There’s more. Like a wonderful hotel close to shops and hotels. Tours of Hill Air Force Base, Museums. Getting up close and personal with Mark Peterson’s Hell-er Bust, and more!

The Hotel - The Hilton Garden Inn is our headquarters for the reunion. Here is what one reviewer said about it: You can’t beat this property. I’ve stayed in many HGI’s and this one ranks among the best. Minutes from I-15. Great location (walk to many amenities), safe, reasonably quiet, nice outdoor space (w/heaters), outstanding staff and excellent food (in fact, the hotel food could stand alone among fine restaurants -- it’s that good).

The Museum - A recent visitor had this to say about her experience: This is the second time visiting this museum. My husband is retired military and a big history buff and really enjoyed his time here as did I. They have a great airplane display and we had the honor and privilege of talking with 3 veterans who were volunteers there...what a delight! And the woman at the front desk was absolutely lovely. Everyone should visit this museum - especially kids.

Union Station - This will give you an idea of what awaits you there: If you are looking for something for everyone this is it. The is the home for four museums and two galleries. Included: Railroad museum, model train museum, Browning firearms museum, antique cars, cowboy museum and art exhibit. Even quilts. The museum is a one admission attraction but free for veterans and their families. Beautifully unexpected. Don’t miss it.



Hope you will plan to attend!

Ken McCoy

President, 352nd Fighter Group Association



Bluenoser Tales is out of print

Bluenoser Tales is out of print an currently unavailable for purchase.  Unfortunately there are no plans for another printing.  Copies can occasionally found on ebay for purchase. 


Bluenoser Tales is a riveting collection of first-person stories written in the skies over Europe by and about the pilots and airmen of the 352nd Fighter Group and the 1st Service Group of the "Mighty Eighth" Air Force during World War II. Experience flight in the cockpit of a P-47 Thunderbolt or a P-51 Mustang with these pilots in combat against the vaunted German Luftwaffe. Live with the ground crews working on their aircraft in the bitter cold, wet weather of English winters.


Meticulously researched, fast-paced, and laced with wartime humor, this book is the next best thing to having been there. More than 400 grayscale and color photographs illustrate over 80 fascinating tales describing the achievements and wartime life of this highly decorated fighter group. Fly with them on these missions as you read the stories, many in their own words, of these young fighter pilots who lived and died to help save the world. Bluenoser Tales is a tribute to their valor.




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www.352ndFighterGroup.com - Home of the 352nd Fighter Group: 328th Fighter Squadron, 486th Fighter Squadron and 487th Fighter Squadron, 8th Army Air Force WWII. Featuring historical information, images, and current events of the 352nd FG Association. Also home of the Virtual 352nd FG online simulation group. George Preddy, Punchy Powell, Don Bryan, Ray Littge, Ray Mitchell, Alden Rigby, Don McKibben, Cripes a' Mighty, Slender, Tender, and Tall, Miss Helen.