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42-103292

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Struck ground during strafing run, regained a little altitude, pouring black smoke from the engine before exploding, pilot Lt Leon J Cole Jr KIA. MACR 5572.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

People

  • Leon Cole

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Struck ground during strafing run in P-51C 42-103292, regained a little altitude, pouring black smoke from the engine before exploding, KIA. MACR 5572. PH

  • Willard Gillette

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Lt. Willard G "GI" Gillette was a colourful pilot who survived a mid-air collision, taxi accidents, and the loss of his P-51's tail section in a dive. He also lost a wingman to enemy action, prior to completing his tour of duty on 25 October 1944. ...

  • Willard Wahl

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Crew Chief-750 | 4th Fighter Group
    Crew chief 334th FS 4th FG 1943-45 Served in Korean and Vietnam

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed 50800 Villedieu-les-Poêles, France 11 June 1944

Struck ground during strafing run, regained a little altitude, pouring black smoke from the engine before exploding, pilot Lt Leon J Cole Jr KIA. MACR 5572.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2016 22:39:52 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=5572
https://www.fold3.com/image/28620718

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5572 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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