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42-106851

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred war weary to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 3SF, 8AF USAAF.

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. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 3rd Scouting Force

    3rd Scouting Force

    Group
    The 3rd Scouting Force was unique in that it operated P-51s and B-17s simultaneously, flying weather reconnaissance and escort missions for the 8th Air Force's Bomb Groups. ...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 370th Fighter Squadron
  • 38th Fighter Squadron

People

  • William Hastings

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    June-Nov. 1944

  • Harold Hollis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. 250 x combat hrs. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bomb mission on bridge at Nanteuil, in P-51B 42-106808, shot down by flak crashed near Nanteuil sur-Marne Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6258. Awards: PH.

  • Thomas Kelly

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Harris crew

Places

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered Edwards AFB, CA, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 1944

Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Wormingford, Colchester CO6 3SD, UK 1945

Transferred war weary to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Wormingford, Colchester CO6 3SD, UK March 1945

Transferred to 3SF, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Wormingford, Colchester CO6 3SD, UK 23 April 1945

Landing Accident Wormingford/Sta 159 Cat 3 damage Lt Thomas E Kelly, 23-Apr-45.

P-51B 42-106851 - 862BS 3SF 8AF

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2018 11:10:37 Al_Skiff Changes to events
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Date Contributor Update
22 January 2018 11:09:44 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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