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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 353FS, 354FG, 9AF 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. ...

  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 353rd Fighter Squadron
  • 364th Fighter Squadron


  • Merle Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 Victory and 2 shared. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, AM (6 OLC), WWII Victory.

  • Stephen Wasylyk

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    1 victory on 24 Mar 1945


  • Lashenden

    Military site : airfield
    Close to but completely separate from RAF Headcorn, Lashenden was built for the RAF during 1942-43 as an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), initially as a light bomber base and then as a training base for mobile fighter squadrons. Enlarged and improved for...

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American Aviation.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Leiston, Suffolk IP16, UK 1944

Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Lashenden, Biddenden, Ashford, Kent TN27, UK 1944

Transferred to 353FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed 35290 Gaël, France 27 August 1944

Take Off Accident Gaël/A-31 France Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt James B Forrest, 27-Aug-44.

353FS 354FG 9AF


Date Contributor Update
05 July 2016 16:38:29 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2016 16:26:39 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2016 14:58:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations