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43-7000

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Woodrow W Anderson. Re-assigned to Lt Charles E Griffiths. Transferred to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 77FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    Goxhill had been a fighter training base since 1942 but it was only in December 1943 that a Fighter Training Group was established there. Pilots who had received the basic training in the USA would practise ETO operational procedures and gunnery before...

  • 486th Fighter Squadron
  • 555th Fighter Training Squadron
  • 77th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Woodrow Anderson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Woodrow Anderson entered service from Texas and served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group transferring to the 352nd Fighter Group. He Failed to Return (FTR) from a bomber escort to Dessau. Bounced by three Bf109's near Leipzig and shot down in P...

  • Robert Chambers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 77FS, 20FG, 8A USAAF. Crashed at King's Cliffe on training flight in P-51B 43-7000 on 3-Feb-45. WIA. Awards: PH.

  • Charles Griffiths

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group

  • Jasper Hargrove

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Wing man, Flight Leader, 56 Combat Missions, 258 Hours Operational Time: Left ZI 17 August, 1944. Returned to ZI 17 Aug. , 1945 Shot down (Ground Fire) 16 April, 1945 ...

  • Albert North

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster, DFC 2 Me108, 1 Me262, 1 Me109, 2 unidentified a/c

Places

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American Aviation.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 1944

Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber DN19, UK August 1944

Transferred to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber DN19, UK 9 September 1944

Taxiing Accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Jasper E Hargrove, 9-Sep-44.

555FTS 496FTG 8AF.

Transferred King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8, UK November 1944

Transferred to 77FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8, UK 2 December 1944

Taxiing Accident King's Cliffe/Sta 367 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Albert B North, 2-Dec-44.

77FS 20FG 8AF.

Crashed King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8, UK 3 February 1945

w/w OTU a/c crashed Kings Cliffe 3-Feb-45 Lt Robert O Chambers injured. Cat 4 damage.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2016 11:29:38 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=43-7000&Submit=Se...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=43-7000&Submit4=Go
http://www.mustangsmustangs.com/p-51/production

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