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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF 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. ...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 359th Fighter Squadron


  • William Brearley

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD1). Rejoined for 2nd tour. 97 combat missions. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD2). Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (9OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Preston Easley

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Graduated USMA 6/43 w/wings at Stewart Field; instructor of P-47s 11/43 to 6/44; at MH 8/44 to 9/45; lfew both P-47s & P-51s in 56 missions for 239 combat hours; went to HQ USAFE in Wiesbaden, Germany; retired as Lt. Col. in 1963. ...

  • Francis McGillivray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief | 356th Fighter Group
    AAFTS Lincoln, NB; Mech 42 Curtiss-Wright Service School; Pratt-Whitney in Hartford, CT; at MH 8/43 to 9/45


  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Dallas, TX, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered Texas, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 1944

Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 15 December 1944

GAC Martlesham Heath (Sta 369) Cat M damage Lt Preston W Easley, 15-Dec-44.

P-51K-5-NT 44-11564 - 359FS 356FG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
12 April 2017 19:00:58 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and person associations

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2016 04:45:35 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, unit associations and place associations