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42-106686

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

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. ...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 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...

  • 328th Fighter Squadron
  • 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

  • Joseph Bennett

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Born 25-Nov-18. Joe Bennett hailed from Morton, Texas. Educated at Abilene Christian College and Eastern New Mexico University, prior to enlisting in the USAAC 25-Apr-41. Commissioned 2nd Lt and awarded his wings at Stockton Field, California 31-Dec-41...

  • Richard Corbett

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 4 x destroyed (Ground). Ended Tour Duty (ETD). ...

  • John Ferra

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    John Ferra was the one time crew chief of Captain Don Gentile for which he is most famous for. After Gentile was sent home, Ferra took care of 4 other kites until he was sent home in September 1945.

  • Francis Grove

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Commanding Officer 336FS 22-Sep-45 to 10-Nov-45.

Places

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK 1944

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed North Weald Bassett, Epping, Essex CM16, UK 28 May 1944

Landing Accident RAF North Weald Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Francis M Grove, 28-May-44.

336FS 4FG 8AF.

Transferred Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK June 1944

Transferred to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2016 14:02:26 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-106686&Submit4=Go
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-106686&Submit=...

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 09:46:38 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events and person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-106686&Submit4=Go
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-106686&Submit=...

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2015 18:11:20 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_be...

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