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42-106464

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Aborted escort mission to Karlsruhe, due to engine problems, on return to base, pilot Lt Eliot H Shapleigh abandoned A/C. Evaded capture EVD. 27-May-44. MACR 5724.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    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

  • Albert Schlegel

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Albert Schlegel was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1919. Lacking the two college certificates required by the US Army Air Corp, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), flight training was in Ontario, Canada, final service training taking place in...

  • Eliot Shapleigh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 335 Fighter Squadron, 4 Fighter Group, USAAF. On 27 May 1944, Lt. Shapleigh baled out near Laon, France, in his P-51 Mustang 42-106464 because of engine trouble. He was picked up by the French Underground and hidden in a secret room in a...

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 Reims, France 27 May 1944 – 27 May 1944

Aborted escort mission to Karlsruhe, due to engine problems, on return to base, pilot Lt Eliot H Shapleigh abandoned A/C. Evaded capture EVD. MACR 5724.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2016 20:22:35 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=106464
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=13386
https://www.fold3.com/image/28636472

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

MACR 5724 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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