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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged 21-Jun-44 during "Frantic" mission whilst being flown by pilot Lt James W Russell Jr and abandoned in Russia. Salvaged in Russia 4-Jul-44.



  • 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. ...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter 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

    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...


  • James Russell

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    On 11 September 1944, 1st Lt. Russell had just destroyed an Fw 190 when another fighter hit him in the cockpit of his P-51 Mustang 44-14158 with a 20mm round which exploded in his cockpit and wounded him. Near Fulda, when his aircraft started to burn, ...


  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1943

Built at North American, Inglewood CA.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1944

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Damaged on shuttle mission Russia 21 June 1944

Damaged 21-Jun-44 during "Frantic" mission whilst being flown by pilot Lt James W Russell Jr and abandoned in Russia.

Salvaged Russia 4 July 1944

Salvaged in Russia 4-Jul-44.


Date Contributor Update
04 May 2016 20:23:28 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations