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42-103791

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Whilst on mission to provide top cover for 335FS, section were bounced by Bf109's. A/C received multiple hits and caught fire, forcing pilot to bail out. Pilot 2nd Lt Dean Lange wounded in left arm by cannon fire, captured shortly after landing in Beavais, France. A/C crashed just north of Therdonne, France. POW. MACR 7944.

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

  • Dean Lange

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Whilst on mission to provide top cover for 335FS, section were bounced by Bf109's. A/C P-51C 42-103791 received multiple hits and caught fire, forcing pilot to bail out. Pilot 2nd Lt Dean Lange wounded in left arm by...

  • Earl Walsh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by Bf109's Rheine, Germany in P-51D 44-14229, crashed near Rheine A/D. Baled out. POW. 6-Nov-44. MACR 10446.

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 Therdonne, France 18 August 1944 – 18 August 1944

A/C received multiple hits and caught fire, forcing pilot to bail out. Pilot 2nd Lt Dean Lange wounded in left arm by cannon fire, captured shortly after landing in Beavais, France. A/C crashed just north of Therdonne, France. POW. MACR 7944.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2016 11:17:22 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=7944&Submit=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28665477

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

MACR 7944 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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