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42-106937

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Bauvais whilst strafing a train hit by flak in coolant system and abandoned A/C. Pilot Lt Edwin C Ball baled out. KIA. MACR 7438.

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...

  • 505th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Edwin Ball

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Bauvais in P-51 42-106937 whilst strafing a train hit by flak in coolant system and abandoned A/C. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 7438. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

Places

  • 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 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Roeselare, Belgium 8 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Bauvais whilst strafing a train hit by flak in coolant system and abandoned A/C. Pilot Lt Edwin C Ball baled out. KIA. MACR 7438.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2016 10:18:31 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-106937&Submit=...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-106937&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/29403224

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 7438 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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