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44-13791

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major William W Smith. Re-assigned to 1st Lt John L Armstrong. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Bad Kreuznach, left formation trailing white smoke and baled out. 28-Aug-44. Pilot 1st Lt John L Armstrong POW. MACR 8303.

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. ...

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 79th Fighter Squadron

People

  • John Armstrong

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x Fw190 destroyed. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Bad Kreuznach, left formation in P-51D 'Guardian Angel' 44-13791 trailing white smoke and baled out. 28-Aug-44. Pilot 1st Lt John L Armstrong...

  • William Smith

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Squadron Ops Officer AM w/ 6 Oak Leaf Cluster, DFC 3 Fw190

Places

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American Aviation.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Boxted, Colchester, UK 1944

Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Germany 28 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Bad Kreuznach, left formation trailing white smoke and baled out. 28-Aug-44. Pilot 1st Lt John L Armstrong POW. MACR 8303.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2016 13:36:00 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=13791&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=8303&Submit=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28688608

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 8303 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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