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L-4 Grasshopper

L4-B Grasshopper 43-688, assigned to 27th Ferrying Group, 8th Air Force USAAF.



  • 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. ...

  • 27th Ferrying Squadron


  • H Searle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 27th Air Transport Group
    2 Sept 1943 forced landing in L-4B#43-688 at Hollybush, Ayrshire due to engine failure.

  • R Shramp

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 27th Air Transport Group
    2 Sept 1943 forced landing in L-4B#43-688 due to engine failure at Hollybush, Ayrshire.


  • Earls Colne

    Military site : airfield
    Earls Colne was built in 1941 as an airfield for No.3 Group, RAF Bomber Command, although never used as such. Assigned to the US Eighth Air Force (as Station 358) in 1942, its 36 hardstands were increased to 50, bringing the airfield up to Air Ministry...

  • Prestwick

    Military site : airfield
    Opened as civil Prestwick Airport with a grass airfield in 1936, it was also an RAF training, fighter and Coastal Command base during 1936 to 1941. Scottish Aviation established an assembly and maintenance facility there in 1938, developed during the...


Event Location Date
Crashed Prestwick, South Ayrshire, UK 14 August 1943

Landing accident Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Richard L Milner, 14-Aug-43.

27FRG 8AF.

Crashed Hollybush, Ledbury, Worcestershire HR8, UK 2 September 1943

Forced Landing Engine Failure Hollybush Airdrome Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt H Searle Jr, 2-Sep-43.

27FRG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
09 February 2016 13:08:30 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations