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P-51 Mustang (CY-D, serial number 44-14561), named "Miss Velma", of the 343rd Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group. This aircraft was flown by Capt. Frank E. Birtciel, who flew with the 343rd FS between August 1943 and April 1945. The 55th FG began flying P-51 Mustangs in July 1944.



  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 343rd Fighter Squadron


  • Frank Birtciel

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. 121 x missions over 2 x tours. Credited 1 x shared and 1 x damaged [Air], 5 x destroyed and 1 x damaged [Ground]. Bailed out safely near Bruges from P-51D 44-15701 3-Apr-45 returned to duty (RTD). Completed Tour of...



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