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43-6572

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Thomas K McDill, re-assigned to Capt Joseph H Bennett 24-May-44. Failed to Return (FTR) during an engagement with a gaggle of German fighters, aircraft was rammed by an Bf109 piloted by Ltn Hubert Heckman over Botenheim, Germany. Pilot Capt Joseph H Bennett was able to bail out of the stricken fighter. POW. 25-May-44. MACR 5720.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

People

  • Joseph Bennett

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Born 25-Nov-18. Joe Bennett hailed from Morton, Texas. Educated at Abilene Christian College and Eastern New Mexico University, prior to enlisting in the USAAC 25-Apr-41. Commissioned 2nd Lt and awarded his wings at Stockton Field, California 31-Dec-41...

  • Tony Cardella

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief

  • Dominic Gentile

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Don Gentile was born on December 6, 1920, to Italian parents in Piqua, Ohio. As a boy, he had always been fascinated with flying and built, as his mother remembered, hundreds of model airplanes. Don used to say to his mother, “I hope someday I'll be...

  • Thomas McDill

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned 336FS, 4FG 8AF USAAF. 30 combat missions. On an escort mission 15 miles NW of Stuttgart, shot down in P-51 43-6633 by Luftwaffe Leutnant Franz Koplik who was flying a Bf109G-6. POW (Stalag Luft III, Sagan) MACR 5721. ...

  • Jack Raphael

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine
    Flight leader 336th FS 4th FG Aug. 1943- June 1944. ...

Places

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Zaberauen von Meimsheim und Botenheim, 74336 Brackenheim, Germany 25 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) during an engagement with a gaggle of German fighters, aircraft was rammed by an Bf109 piloted by Ltn Hubert Heckman over Botenheim, Germany. Pilot Capt Joseph H Bennett was able to bail out of the stricken fighter. POW. 25-May-44. MACR 5720.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2016 14:13:28 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=6572&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=5720&Submit=Go
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/133978
http://usafunithistory.com/PDF/0300/336%20FIGHTER%20SQ.pdf

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5720 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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