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43-6636

P-51 Mustang

One time personal aircraft of Captain Nocholas "Cowboy" Megura.
Crew chief S/Sgt Paul G. Fox. Assistant crew chief Sgt Jerome J. Byrge.
A/C failed to return from strafing mission to St Dizier A/D, hit by return fire from ground, crashed on 9-May-44 near Rilly Ste Syre, pilot Lt Vernon A Burroughs baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4682.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

People

  • Vernon Burroughs

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 357FS, XFG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to return from strafing mission to St Dizier A/D, P-51D 'Ill Wind' 43-6636 hit by return fire from ground, crashed on 9-May-44 near Rilly Ste Syre, Lt Vernon A Burroughs...

  • Jerome Byrge

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • Paul Fox

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Crew chief. Flew on all four 8AF 'Frantic' operations to Russia.

  • Nicholas Megura

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Nicholas Megura was born on 28 July 1920 at Ansonia, Connecticut. ...

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 Rilly-Sainte-Syre, France 9 May 1944 – 9 May 1944

A/C failed to return from strafing mission to St Dizier A/D, hit by return fire from ground, crashed on 9-May-44 near Rilly Ste Syre, pilot Lt Vernon A Burroughs baled out. POW. MACR 4682.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2016 10:55:27 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=43-6636&Submit=Se...
http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/214809
https://www.fold3.com/image/29036119

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2015 19:05:11 apollo11 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 17:10:42 apollo11 Changes to nicknames, markings, description, person associations and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.

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

MACR 4682 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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