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43-6959

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to return from Ramrod to Merseburg, section turned to engage 50+ enemy fighters, not seen after engagement, shot down near Wolfsbehringen. 11-Sep-44. Pilot Lt Paul S Iden Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8985.

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...

People

  • Paul Iden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to return from Ramrod to Merseburg, section turned to engage 50+ enemy fighters, not seen after engagement, shot down in P-51B 43-6959 near Wolfsbehringen. 11-Sep-44. Lt Iden Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8985....

  • James Russell

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    On 11 September 1944, 1st Lt. Russell had just destroyed an Fw 190 when another fighter hit him in the cockpit of his P-51 Mustang 44-14158 with a 20mm round which exploded in his cockpit and wounded him. Near Fulda, when his aircraft started to burn, ...

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 Wolfsbehringen, 99820 Hörselberg-Hainich, Germany 11 September 1944 – 11 September 1944

Failed to return from Ramrod to Merseburg, section turned to engage 50+ enemy fighters, not seen after engagement, shot down near Wolfsbehringen. 11-Sep-44. Pilot Lt Paul S Iden Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8985.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2016 19:47:22 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=43-6959
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=8985
https://www.fold3.com/image/28666727/?terms=43-6959

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

MACR 8985 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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