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1 January 1945: "Clobber College" at Raydon dubiously celebrates the New Year with a 2-ship taxi accident. Veteran CAPT Gordon S. Burlingame of the 352nd Ftr Sq, 353rd FG at the controls of a war-weary P-51B (serial 43-6800, coded SX-2) led LT Richard E. Hahn in another P-51B (43-6876, coded SX-5). Hahn apparently overran Burlingame, resulting in the damage here. Both aircraft were repaired; Hahn became a POW on 19 March while flying P-51D 44-14631, coded SX-U (MACR 13156). NARA Ref 342-FH-3A05673-69595AC.



  • 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. ...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron


  • 43-6876 'Penny'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred War Weary to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF as a hack A/C.

  • 43-6800

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.


  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...


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14 March 2016 12:08:22 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations