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43-6942

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of Lt Joseph W Higgins, crew chief, S/Sgt Glesner H Weckbacher. Re-assigned 335FS and to Lt Richard F Kallner. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Merseburg, hit by flak causing engine failure, A/C abandoned Halle, Germany 21-Nov-44. Pilot Lt George L Klaus POW. MACR 10334.

Service

Units

  • 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

    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...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • 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 Higgins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    1st Lt. Joseph "Joe" W. Higgins of the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, finished his tour with 63 missions and 270 combat hours on 30 September 1944. He took part in Operation FRANTIC II, the Russia Shuttle mission. ...

  • Richard Kallner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF.

  • George Klaus

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. On bomber escort to Merseburg, A/C P-51B 43-6942 hit by flak causing engine failure, A/C abandoned Halle, Germany 21-Nov-44. Lt Klaus POW. MACR 10334. Awards: POW, WWII Victory.

  • Glesner Weckbacher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Glesner Werkbacher served with the 4th Fighter Group between 1942 and 26 August 1945. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant on 1 April 1943. He participated in Operation FRANTIC II, the Russia Shuttle mission, June - July 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 Halle (Saale), Germany 21 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Merseburg, hit by flak causing engine failure, A/C abandoned Halle, Germany 21-Nov-44. Pilot Lt George L Klaus POW. MACR 10334.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2016 18:35:28 Al_Skiff Changes to description and unit associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=6942
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=10334
https://www.fold3.com/image/29247425

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2016 18:10:31 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=6942
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=10334
https://www.fold3.com/image/29247425

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2015 14:25:24 apollo11 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2015 20:31:34 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 18:41:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 10334 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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