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43-12451

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 355FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Declared war weary. Transferred to 436FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 355th Fighter Squadron
  • 436th Fighter Squadron
  • 554th Fighter Training Squadron

People

  • Clayton Gross

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine | 354th Fighter Group
    6 kill ace including 1 ME-262 P-51B s/n 43-12451 GQ+I "Live Bait" - "Peggy" P-51D s/n 44-63688 GQ+I "Live Bait" -"Peggy" crew chief SSgt C.E. "Smitty" Smith

  • Wilfred Pohmer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Bremerfoerde in P-51 #4413347

  • George Rossman

    Military | 479th Fighter Group

  • Eugene Sears

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    I will add more later but thought your site should know my dad, Eugene Elmo Sears passed away today (9/12/17) at the age of 98. He flew the P51 known as the American Maid on fighter escort missions over Germany during WWII. To the best of my...

Places

  • 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...

  • Lashenden

    Military site : airfield
    Close to but completely separate from RAF Headcorn, Lashenden was built for the RAF during 1942-43 as an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), initially as a light bomber base and then as a training base for mobile fighter squadrons. Enlarged and improved for...

  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Headcorn Aerodrome, Shenley Farm Cottages, Headcom, Ashford TN27 9HX, UK 1944

Assigned to 355FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF.

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

Transferred 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Declared war weary.

Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber DN19, UK 1 September 1944

Landing Accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Cat 3 damage Lt Eugene E Sears, 1-Sep-44.

P-51B 43-12451W - 554FTS 496FTG 8AF

Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber DN19, UK 23 September 1944

Landing Accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Cat 3 damage Lt Wilfred A Pohmer, 23-Sep-44.

P-51B 43-12451W - 554FTS 496FTG 8AF

Assigned Wattisham, Ipswich IP7 7JY, UK 1945

Transferred to 436FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Wattisham, Ipswich IP7 7JY, UK 4 January 1945

Taxiing Accident Wattisham/Sta 377 Cat 4 damage Lt George P Rossman, 4-Jan-45.

P-51B 43-12451W - 436FS 479FG 8AF

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2017 17:31:37 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=12451&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=43-12451&Submit4=Go

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