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42-106854

P-51 Mustang

Assigned 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Walter Baron. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Rechlin, Gemany. Aborted near Rostock with engine running roughly and made for Sweden. Interned in Sweden. Pilot Lt Walter Baron. 25-Aug-44. MACR 7948. Aircraft scrapped in 1945.

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. ...

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 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...

  • 364th Fighter Squadron
  • 376th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Walter Baron

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Rechlin, Germany in P-51B 'Peabody's Pet' 42-106854. Aborted near Rostock with engine running roughly and made for Sweden. Interned in Sweden. 25-Aug-44. MACR 7948. ...

  • Will Butts

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 361st Fighter Group

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...

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK 1944

Assigned 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Stratford, London, UK 21 June 1944

Take Off Accident due to Engine Failure Parkgate Farm, nr Stratford Cat 5 damage, Lt Will T Butts, 21-Jun-44.

376FS 361FG 8AF.

Transferred Leiston IP16, UK July 1944

Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Interned Sweden Lomma, Sweden 25 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Rechlin, Gemany. Aborted near Rostock with engine running roughly and made for Sweden. Interned in Sweden. Pilot Lt Walter Baron. 25-Aug-44. MACR 7948.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2016 12:45:21 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=42-106854
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-106854&Submit4=Go
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=7948
https://www.fold3.com/image/28665703

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

MACR 7948 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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