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44-13319

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF. Transferred to 376FS, 361FG 8AF.

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. ...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 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...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • 358th Fighter Squadron
  • 376th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Thomas Ksanznak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed on take off Melbourn Village in P-51D 44-13319, Lt Ksanznak Killed in Action KIA, 13-Jan-45.

  • Peter Wickham

    Military | Wing Commander | Pilot / Wing Commander
    Wing Commander RAF, on DS (Detached Service) with the 4th from #2 TEU (Tactical Exercise Unit) where he was Chief Flying Instructor. 9 x missions [4FG]. ...

Places

  • Bottisham

    Military site : airfield
    The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...

  • 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...

  • Little Walden

    Military site : airfield
    Little Walden was built as a Class A airfield suitable for American heavy bombers. The 409th Bomb Group, as part of the Ninth Air Force, was stationed at the base between March and September 1944, flying A-20 Havocs. ...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Melbourn, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 13 January 1945

Crashed on take off Melbourn Village Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Thomas A Ksanznak KIA, 13-Jan-45.

358FS 355FG 8AF.

Crashed Little Walden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10, UK 3 July 1945

Taxi accident Little Walden 3-Jul-45 - Lt Russell F Dunn.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2016 14:25:18 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=44-13319&Submit4=Go
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/g_4_hq...
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=44-13319&Submit=S...

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