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43-12375

P-51 Mustang

P-51B Mustang FT*E 43-12375 "Bonnie B", 353rd FS, 354th FG, 9th AF. While on a fighter sweep in the Reims, France area he took the squadron down to strafe a German airfield. On their second pass his plane took hits in the wing and fuselage, then went into a straight vertical climb, stalled and dove straight down into the ground. Beerbower jetisoned the canopy during these manuevers and managed to get out of the aircraft, only to hit the tail. He never opened his chute. The plane crashed 500 meters south of St. Thierry, France. 9th Aug 44. KIA. MACR 8150.

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force

    9th Air Force

    Command

  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 353rd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Don Beerbower

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 354th Fighter Group
    CO 353rd FS 354th FG 9th AF ...

Places

  • Lashenden

    Military site : airfield
    Close to but completely separate from RAF Headcorn, Lashenden was built for the RAF during 1942-43 as an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), initially as a light bomber base and then as a training base for mobile fighter squadrons. Enlarged and improved for...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Saint-Thierry, France 9 August 1944 – 9 August 1944

While on a fighter sweep in the Reims, France area pilot Capt Don M Beerbower took the squadron down to strafe a German airfield. On their second pass his plane took hits in the wing and fuselage, then went into a straight vertical climb, stalled and dove straight down into the ground. Beerbower jetisoned the canopy during these manuevers and managed to get out of the aircraft, only to hit the tail. He never opened his chute. The plane crashed 500 meters south of St. Thierry, France. 9th Aug 44. KIA. MACR 8150.

Assigned Lashenden, Biddenden, Ashford, Kent TN27, UK

Assigned 353rd FS, 354th FG, 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2015 21:39:10 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=8150 MACR 8150 bare bones.
http://www.fold3.com/image/28700055/ MACR 8150 Details.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougsheley/7990150577 Accident Details.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 8150 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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