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42-106809

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt George F Baker Jr. Failed to Return (FTR) training mission, pilot radioed that propeller governer had failed and baled out over North sea. Died non Battle (DNB). A/C crashed Scarborough. MACR 12296.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    Group
    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 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...

  • 368th Fighter Squadron
  • 504th Fighter Squadron

People

  • George Baker

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed tour. Credited with 4.5 aerial kills, 1 x probable and a ground kill. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Henry Thompson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) training mission in P-51B 42- ...

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...

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Fowlmere, Royston SG8, UK 1944

Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 1945

Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Cayton, Scarborough YO11, UK 7 February 1945

A/C abandoned. Pilot Baled Out over North sea. A/C crashed Scarborough.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2016 09:39:47 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=106809&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-106809&Submit4=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28674582
http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/planes/ryedale/106809.html

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

MACR 12296 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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