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43-6975

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 382FS, 363FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Berlin, group climbed through severe weather on instruments A/C lost during the climb. Crashed into English Channel. Pilot 2nd Lt James E Watson KIA. 4-Mar-44. MACR 2851.

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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 70th Fighter Wing
  • 363rd Fighter Group

    363rd Fighter Group

    Group
    Equipped with P-51s, the Group entered combat from England in February 1944, flying bomber escort and ground-strafing missions. They took part in the invasion of Normandy, protecting gliders and troop carriers on 6 and 7 June. In September 1944, now...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 382nd Fighter Squadron

People

  • James Watson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 363rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 382FS, 363FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Berlin, group climbed through severe weather on instruments A/C lost during the climb. Crashed into English Channel. Pilot 2nd Lt James E Watson KIA. 4-Mar-44. MACR 2851.

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...

  • Staplehurst

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1943 as an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), Staplehurst was used briefly by RAF fighter squadrons during August to October 1943 and then allocated to the Ninth Air Force. Developed and improved during the winter of 1943-44, the station...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed English Channel 4 March 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Berlin, group climbed through severe weather on instruments A/C lost during the climb. Crashed into English Channel. Pilot 2nd Lt James E Watson KIA. 4-Mar-44. MACR 2851.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2016 17:41:27 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=6975
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=2851
https://www.fold3.com/image/28741866

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2016 17:27:15 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=6975
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=2851
https://www.fold3.com/image/28741866

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

MACR 2851 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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