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43-12173

P-51 Mustang

P-51B 43-12173 'Peg O' my Heart'
355th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force
362nd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force
555th Fighter Training Squadron, 496th Fighter Training Group, 8th Air Force
359th Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, as P-51B1, marked war weary.

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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 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...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 355th Fighter Squadron
  • 359th Fighter Squadron
  • 555th Fighter Training Squadron

People

  • Robert Bain

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Was flying on 27-Sep-44, when the 445th BG lost 25 bombers on the Kassel raid. Squadron established record score on this day also. 3 damaged- 2 x Fw190, 1 x Bf109. ETD. Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 Bronze Star).

  • George Bickell

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Group Commander | 354th Fighter Group
    CO 354th FG Apr 17, 1944 to Feb 28, 1945 & Apr 13, 1945 to May 31, 1945 CO 355th FS Nov 16, 1942 to Apr 6, 1944 Flight commander 18th PG Hickam Field, TH 1940-42 3.5 air kills

  • Warren Edinborough

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    January 1945-EOW; former 405th FGp, 9th Air Force pilot.

  • Joseph Kronek

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 354th Fighter Group
    Crew chief to George R Bickell and P-51B 43-12173 'Peg O My Heart'.

  • Wallace Mace

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot/Deputy Group Commander | 354th Fighter Group
    Wally, as his family and friends called him, started his military career in the army artillery before World War II. Early on he knew the army air corps was his calling and was one of the first graduates in 1940. Shortly after he was stationed in a...

  • Karl Waldron

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 352nd Fighter Group

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 27 May 1944

Taxi accident Goxhill/Sta 345, Cat 4 damage, pilot 2nd Lt Robert J Bain, 555th FTS 496th FTG 8th AF.

Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 19 July 1944

Landing accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Cat 3 damage, pilot 1st Lt Karl M Waldron Jr, 555th FTS, 496th FTG, 8th AF.

Crashed 5 February 1945

Crashed on take off, engine failure, Cat 4 damage, 1-2 miles south of Martlesham Heath, pilot Lt Warren T Edinborough. 359th FS, 356th FG, 8th AF.

Assigned

Assigned to 355th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force.

Assigned

Assigned to 359th Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force.

Assigned

Assigned to 555th Fighter Training Squadron, 496th Fighter Training Group, 8th Air Force.

Assigned

Assigned to 362nd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2015 17:45:59 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=43-12173&Submit=S...
AAM DB USAAF Photos.

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