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Fresh kill markings go on Don Gentile's P-51B Mustang 'Shangri-La', while he looks on. The sergeant painting them on is Dick Mansfield, Gentile's assistant crew chief.
The chequerboard below the exhaust was a device created by Gentile and his wingman John Godfrey for quick identification in the air.

Connections

Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

People

  • Dominic Gentile

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Don Gentile was born to Italian parents in Piqua, Ohio. As a boy he had always be fascinated with flying and built, as his mother remembered, hundreds of model airplanes. Don used to say to his mother, “I hope someday I'll be up there flying too.”...

  • Richard Mansfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Assistant Crew chief
    Dick Mansfield was the one time assistant crew chief to Don Gentile for which he is most famous for. Dick's hometown was Longmeadow, Massachusetts. After Gentile was sent home Mansfield took care of 3 other aircraft before being sent home in September...

Aircraft

  • 43-6913 'Shangri-La'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Dominic 'Don' Gentile. He claimed 7.5 of his 21 victories in this aircraft. Don Gentile crashed this A/C whilst displaying to reporters after his final mission at his home base Debden on 13-Apr-44.

Locations

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2016 22:05:47 WD-C Mustang Changes to person associations
Sources

Unassociated a person

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2016 22:05:10 WD-C Mustang Changes to caption
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/mansfi...

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2016 22:03:22 WD-C Mustang Changes to caption
Sources

Personal research
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_fe...

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2015 20:36:02 apollo11 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

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