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43-6626

P-51 Mustang

Service

Units

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 357th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Francis Eshelman

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Francis Eshelman served as a fighter pilot with the 355th Fighter Group. He crashed near Melun, France on 12 August 1944 in P-51 43-6626 and managed to evade capture.

  • Thomas Robinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Crew Chief | 355th Fighter Group

Places

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 12 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2016 12:29:44 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, events and place associations
Sources

Added marking from information on Little Friends website: http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=eshelman&Submit=S...

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

MACR 7608 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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