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42-106858

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Lawrence J Dissette. Failed to Return (FTR) Ramrod Southern France last seen spiralling away from formation through bad weather. Pilot Lt Ralph L Coleman Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5964

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 358th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Ralph Coleman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ramrod Southern France in P-51 42-106858 last seen spiralling away from formation through bad weather. Pilot Lt Ralph L Coleman Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5964 Awards: PH.

  • Lawrence Dissette

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) P-51 44-14644 'Damn Yank III' Crashed near Straubing

Places

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered Edwards AFB, CA, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 1944

Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Failed to Return (FTR) France 19 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Ramrod Southern France last seen spiralling away from formation through bad weather. Pilot Lt Ralph L Coleman Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5964

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2018 11:28:10 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/
https://www.fold3.com/image/28645805

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

MACR 5964 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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