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43-6786

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Aborted from the mission with engine trouble 4-Mar-44. Attempted to land plane wheels-up in a plowed field 5 miles west of Framlingham/Sta 153 but A/C exploded upon impact. Pilot 1st Lt Robert Richards KIA.

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. ...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

People

  • Tony Cardella

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief

  • Edward Hernandez

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    1st Lt.Edward Hernandez of the 336th Fighter Squadron, completed his tour on 8 March 1945.

  • Robert Richards

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed whilst trying to land at the advanced base at Framlingham in P-51B Mustang 43-6786, upon his return from the 4th Fighter Group's first escort mission to Berlin.

Places

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Framlingham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13, UK 4 March 1944

Aborted from the mission with engine trouble. Attempted to land plane wheels-up in a plowed field 5 miles west of Framlingham/Sta 153 but A/C exploded upon impact. Pilot 1st Lt Robert Richards KIA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2016 20:10:27 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=43-6786
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=43-6786
http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=113100
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_he...
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_ca...

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2015 17:45:32 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

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

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