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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of James Russell.
On 11 September 1944, 1st Lt James Russell had just destroyed an Fw 190 in this aircraft when another fighter hit him in the cockpit with a 20mm shell. Near Fulda, when his aircraft started to burn, he crash-landed it and managed to get about 150 ft away from the wreckage, and then passed out. MACR 8987.



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Event Location Date
Crashed Fulda, Germany 11 September 1944 – 11 September 1944

Shot down during an engagement with over 50 German fighters. POW. MACR 8987.


Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 18:33:02 Al_Skiff Changes to markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2015 17:04:10 apollo11 Changes to description, events, person associations and place associations

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

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27 September 2014 18:41:44 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 8987 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database