Leiston Airfield (Station 373) and 357th & 358th Fighter Group Memorial
357th Fighter Group Roll of Honor
James L., III Blanchard
362nd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group
Date of Death:
Sherburne West Hill Cemetery, New York
James L. Blanchard, III was born on May 8, 1920. He was the son of James and Myrtle M. Bryan Blanchard. James, III served in the 362nd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group as a First Lieutenant during World War II and was credited a 1x kill. He failed to return from an area support mission for 1st Airborne to Arnhem aboard his P-51D #44-13741 'Buddy Boy' aircraft. James, III was Killed in Action when his plane was shot down by enemy fighters on September 19, 1944. He died at the age of 24 and is now buried in the Sherburne West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne, Chenango County, New York, USA.