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42-106438

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost 19-Jul-44 on bomber escort to Munich, suffered glycol leak, aborted and forced landed at Ems, Switzerland pilot Lt Curtis Simpson Interned. A/C was subsequently dismantled by Swiss air force mechanics and transported to Dubendorf, where its engine was repaired. Repainted in Swiss colours, the Mustang returned to the skies on 1-Aug-44 . Returned to the USAAF during fall 1945, being ferried to BAD-1 Burtonwood, UK, by another interned USAAF P-51 pilot, Capt. Robert D Brown of the 357th FG.

Service

Units

  • 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

    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

    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...

People

  • Robert Brown

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Claimed 3rd aerial victory on bomber escort to Ludwigshafen, victims debris damaged A/C P -51B 43-6556 which crashed at Lütisburg on 27-May-44. Baled out, suffering broken leg from collision with tailplane and...

  • Curtis Simpson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 335th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, 8AF USAAF. Lt Curtis Simpson was forced to abort a mission to Munich on 19th July, 1944, following a glycol leak in P-51B 42-106438 landing in Switzerland and being interned [INT]. MACR 6848.

Missions

Places

  • Burtonwood

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1939-40, the RAF's No. 37 Maintenance Unit used the base from 1940 to 1942, before it became a joint Anglo-American maintenance and servicing airfield - a Base Air Depot. After the war it continued to be used as a maintenance and...

  • 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...

  • Dubendorf

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1943

335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF.

Forced Landing Domat/Ems, Switzerland 19 July 1944

Lost 19-Jul-44 on bomber escort to Munich, suffered glycol leak, aborted and forced landed at Ems, Switzerland pilot Lt Curtis Simpson Interned.

Dismantled/Relocated/Repaired Dübendorf, Switzerland 20 July 1944 – 31 July 1944

A/C was subsequently dismantled by Swiss air force mechanics and transported to Dubendorf, where its engine was repaired.

Test flown in Swiss hands Dübendorf, Switzerland 1 August 1944

Repainted in Swiss colours, the Mustang returned to the skies on 1-Aug-44.

Ferried back to USAAF Burtonwood, UK September 1945

Returned to the USAAF during fall 1945, being ferried to BAD-1 Burtonwood, UK, by another interned USAAF P-51 pilot, Capt. Robert D Brown of the 357th FG

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2019 10:23:42 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

Update Via Martin Kyburz

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2016 17:52:40 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-106438

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 6848 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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