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43-7158

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One time aircraft of Major Winslow Sobanski. While attacking a group of Bf109’s with some P-38’s, A/C was mistaken for an Bf109 and damaged in combat by a P-38. With glycol emitting from his engine, pilot Capt Nicholas Megura made for Sweden. Successfully forced landed in Kalmar, Sweden. Interned. MACR 5603.

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

  • Nicholas Megura

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

  • Winslow Sobanski

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Sobanski was born on 29 July 1919 while his mother was visiting her sister on holiday from Poland. shortly after Mike was born he and his mother returned to Poland, where Mike received his education. ...

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
Damaged in combat Denmark 22 May 1944

While attacking a group of Bf109’s with some P-38’s over Denmark, A/C was mistaken for an Bf109 and damaged in combat by a P-38. With glycol emitting from his engine, pilot Capt Nicholas Megura made for Sweden. Successfully forced landed in Kalmar, Sweden. Interned. MACR 5603.

Interned Kalmar, Sweden 22 May 1944

Successfully forced landed in Kalmar, Sweden. Interned.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2016 13:55:01 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=42-7158&Submit=Se...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=5288&Submit=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28627512

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

MACR 5288 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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