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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to Lt Robert F Nelson 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Re-Assigned to Lt Thomas K McDill 24-May-44. On an escort mission 15 miles NW of Stuttgart, shot down by Luftwaffe Leutnant Franz Koplik who was flying an Bf109G-6. POW - (Stalag Luft III, Sagan) MACR 5721.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    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

    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

    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...


  • Frank Blankschaen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: Bronze Star, WWII Victory, EAME (6 battle stars), Good conduct.

  • John Godfrey

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    John T Godfrey was born in Canada, but his parents moved to Rhode Island when he was young. At the outbreak of war he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He transferred to the 8th Air Force in August 1943 and earned fame as the wing man of Ace,...

  • Ira Grounds

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Participated in Operation FRANTIC II, the Russia Shuttle mission but after departure from Italy had to return to base because of mechanical issues. On 30 August 1944 he was designated Assistant Squadron Operations and Gunnery Officer.

  • 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. ...

  • Robert Nelson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Robert Nelson was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His formal education ended when he began a photo engraving apprenticeship. He started flying in 1938 with Waco F-2s and was licensed in 1939. In 1940 he joined the RCAF. Two years later, stuck as a staff...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
E/A destroyed Münster, Germany 23 March 1944

Bf109 destroyed Munster. Pilot John T Godfrey.

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 29 April 1944

Landing Accident Debden/Sta 356 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Ira E Grounds, 29-Apr-44.

336FS 4FG 8AF.

Crashed Stuttgart, Germany 25 May 1944 – 25 May 1944

On an escort mission 15 miles NW of Stuttgart, shot down by Luftwaffe Leutnant Franz Koplik who was flying an Bf109G-6. POW - (Stalag Luft III, Sagan) MACR 5721.


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14 March 2016 19:47:43 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

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27 September 2014 18:41:40 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 5721 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database