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42-106787

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) crashed near Tournai 12-Aug-44 - Lt Merle C Rainey POW MACR 7618.

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. ...

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 375th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Thomas Christian

    Military | Colonel | Pilot / Commanding Officer 361st Fighter Group | 361st Fighter Group
    Thomas Jonathan Jackson Christian, Jr ...

  • Merle Rainey

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Evaded (EVD) crashed near Tournai on 12 Aug 44 in P-51 #42106787

Places

  • Bottisham

    Military site : airfield
    The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered Edwards AFB, CA, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK 1944

Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Tournai, Belgium 12 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) crashed near Tournai 12-Aug-44 - Lt Merle C Rainey POW MACR 7618.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2018 11:19:27 LWiart Changes to nicknames
Sources

Photo of the plane.

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2018 21:23:21 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=42-106787&Submit=Search

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

MACR 7618 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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