P-51D Mustang Serial No. 44-13521 was built at North American Aviation's Inglewood plant, California. It was shipped to England on 6 June 1944, was taken in charge on 30 June 1944 and assigned to the 504th Fighter Squadron, part of the 339th Fighter Group, based at Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire. Her assigned pilot was Captain Bradford V. Stevens, who gave her the name 'Marinell'. She had four confirmed aerial victories to her credit.
44-13521 was lost on 13 August 1944, while on a fighter/bomber mission to Saint Quentin, Feuquières, Beauvais and Saint Omer, with 2nd Lt. Myer R. Winkelman at the controls. The exact cause of the crash is not known, although it might have been due to a Flak hit. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 7775.
in 1998 Mr Maurice Hammond acquired the wreckage, which had been stored in France and restored her to flying condition - with the exception of the fuselage fuel tank, which was removed to accommodate a second seat. Mr Hammond operates her out of Hardwick Airfield, Norfolk.
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...
Military | First Lieutenant | P 51- Mustang Fighter Pilot | 363rd Fighter Group
Carleton was an intelligent, hard working, and serious fighter pilot. He completed 103 missions before going down over Belgium in May of 1945.
Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
Oklahoma-born Myer Winkelman's family moved to Hobart, Oklahoma in the late 1920s. The youngest of four children, he attended the Odessa, Texas High School, where he was one of its football stars. Graduating in 1941, he had one year in college before...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 339th Fighter Group
Wingman 504th FS 339th FG
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...
|Failed to Return (FTR)
||13 August 1944
Crashed near Saint-Just-en-Chaussée, 26km North-East of Beauvais