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P-51 Mustang

Assigned 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to Scout Force[Experimental] SFX. Transferred to 2nd Scouting Force [2SF].



  • 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. ...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 2nd Scouting Force
  • 357th Fighter Squadron
  • Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX)

    Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX)

    Formed by Col. Peaslee following presentation of his theory to Gen. Doolittle. The purpose of the Scouting Force concept was for experienced, tour expired lead bomber pilots, escorted by volunteer fighter pilots, to fly ahead of bomber formations to...


  • Ernest Burdge

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bomber / Fighter pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 92BG, 8AF USAAF, 30 x B-17 combat missions. Transferred to ESF, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 385FS, 1SF, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 383FS, 1SF, 8AF USAAF. 40 x scouting missions. Awards: DFC (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Burtt

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot / Fighter pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29-Jan-44 in B-17 42-37987 'Man O War - Horsepower Ltd' managed to return to England on two engines and crashed near Sittingbourne, Kent when the third engine went out....

  • Fred Haviland

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 355th Fighter Group


  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered Beale AFB, CA, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 1944

Assigned 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 1944

Transferred to Scout Force[Experimental] SFX.

Assigned Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 1944

Transferred to 2nd Scouting Force [2SF].

Crashed Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 12 September 1944

Crash landed 12-Sep-44. Capt Fred R Haviland Jr.

Crashed Leckhampstead, Newbury RG20, UK 16 September 1944

Fatal Crash Leckhamsyead Cat 5 damage Lt William S Burtt, 16-Sep-44.

P-51D 44-13728 - 2SF 355FG 8AF


Date Contributor Update
02 August 2017 18:33:47 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations