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44-11623

P-51 Mustang

Service

Units

  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    Group
    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 503rd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Robert Burns

    Military | Staff Sergeant | P-51 Mechanic/Crew Chief | 339th Fighter Group

  • Steve Chetneky

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Fighter pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Co-pilot B-17. Transferred to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x kill. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). ...

  • Lloyd French

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Sept. 6, 1944-April 5, 1945

  • William Preddy

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Prague (unknown cause) in P-51 'Rusty' #4411623. Bill was flying wing to Captain Ray Reuter when the two chased a pair of ME262 jet fighters. Hoping to catch them as they landed, but failing, they decided to strafe...

Places

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Czechoslovakia 17 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 July 2016 18:50:21 tcollopy Changes to place associations
Sources

Barbara L. Collopy, daughter of Robert C. Burns

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2014 11:51:00 Emily Changes to nicknames, markings and person associations
Sources

Updated name and markings based on associated media

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 13938 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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