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42-106661

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to HQ Sqn, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 7-Jun-44. Hit by flak near Le Merlerault, France and exploded. Pilot Maj Edward J Gignac Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5556.

Service

Units

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • Headquarters (352nd Fighter Group)
  • 8th Air Force

People

  • Edward Gignac

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Edward Gignac was one of the top ski jumpers in the country pre-war, and had lived in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He attended Kimball Union Academy and Middlebury College, both in skiing scholarships. Enlisting in the Air Corps in April 1941, he served in...

  • Willie Jackson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    7 air

Places

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Assigned Bodney, Thetford IP26 5BX, UK 1944

Assigned to HQ Sqn, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed 61240 Le Merlerault, France 7 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) 7-Jun-44. Hit by flak near Le Merlerault, France and exploded. Pilot Maj Edward J Gignac Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5556.

Delivered California, USA

Delivered to USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2017 17:23:57 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=106661&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-106661&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28619785

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

MACR 5556 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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