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42-103347

P-51 Mustang

P-51 Mustang (42-103347) took off from Bottisham on 6 June 1944, D-Day, on a fighter escort mission over Dreux airfield France. It was hit by flak 5 miles from Chartres before bursting into flames and rolling onto its back and finally crashing at Coudres.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 375th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Lawrence Perry

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Dreux hit by flak in P-51 #42103347

Missions

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Coudres, France 6 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2019 16:27:33 Emily Changes to markings, description, events and place associations
Sources

Bishop & Hey, Losses of the 8th and 9th

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

MACR 5521 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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