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44-14135

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Heide, Germany. Hit by flak whilst strafing Ju88's on Leck A/D. Leaking coolant from radiator scoop, headed for Sweden, when engine caught fire, pilot Capt Robert D Brown turned it over and baled out. Crashed SW of Lake Tisso pilot evaded [EVD] capture and interned [INT] in Sweden.

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. ...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 343rd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Robert Brown

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 3 x kills [1 x air, 2 x ground] Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Heide, Germany in P-51D 44-14135. Hit by flak whilst strafing Ju88's on Leck A/D. Leaking coolant from the radiator scoop, headed...

  • Joseph Ruzicka

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew chief | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Returned to his postal service job retiring in 1979.

Places

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, California, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered Beale AFB, CA, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Wormingford, UK 1944

Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed SW of Tissø, Kalundborg Municipality, Denmark 20 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Heide, Germany. Hit by flak whilst strafing Ju88's on Leck A/D. Leaking coolant from radiator scoop, headed for Sweden, when engine caught fire, pilot Capt Robert D Brown turned it over and baled out. Crashed SW of Lake Tisso EVD/INT.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 July 2017 19:24:48 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=44-14135&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Brown%2C+Rober...
https://www.fold3.com/image/29422913
http://www.station131.co.uk/55th/343rd%20FS%20Planes.htm
http://www.flensted.eu.com/1945027.shtml

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 13184 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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