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44-15280

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt William Brearley. Re-assigned to Lt Harold Traupe. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Stuttgart. A/C apparently hit by flak during a strafing pass on Bondorf A/D. Pilot 2Lt Henry C Scott reported zero oil pressure and headed west, climbing to 4,000 ft. Aircraft was smoking but not on fire. 2Lt Scott jettisoned his canopy as if in preparation to bail out, then started gliding down to a small field for a belly landing. The aircraft struck the ground at about a 20' dive, exploding as it struck. 25-Feb-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 12741.

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. ...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 359th Fighter Squadron

People

  • William Brearley

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD1). Rejoined for 2nd tour. 97 combat missions. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD2). Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (9OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Henry Scott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 25 February 1945 in AC #4415280. Lt. Scott's aircraft was apparently hit by flak during a strafing pass on enemy territory on 25 February 1945. He reported no oil pressure and headed west, climbing to 4,000 feet. His aircraft was...

  • Harold Traupe

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 356th Fighter Group

Places

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 1944

Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 25 November 1944

Landing Accident Martlesham Heath/Sta 369 Cat 4 damage Lt William C Brearley, 25-Nov-44.

P-51D15 44-15280 - 359FS 356FG 8AF.

Crashed Mühringen, 72160 Horb am Neckar, Germany 25 February 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Stuttgart. A/C apparently hit by flak during a strafing pass on Bondorf A/D. Pilot 2Lt Henry C Scott jettisoned his canopy as if to bail out, then started gliding down to a small field for a belly landing. The aircraft struck the ground and exploded. 25-Feb-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 12741.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2017 20:34:04 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=44-15280&Submit4=Go
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=15280&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=44-15280&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28830270

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 12741 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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