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P-51D, 44-14321, 'Barbara' 5Q-I_ of the 339th FG, 504th SQ being towed in front of the 323rd Squadron Operations at Bassingbourn after a belly landing due to engine failure at Church Farm, Wendy Royston, UK suffering Cat 4 damage pilot Lt Vernon N Barto, 5-Feb-45.Photo by Lt. Thomas F. Flemming, 91st BG, 323rd BS.

Connections

Units

  • 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...

  • 504th Fighter Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

People

  • Vernon Barto

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed tour of duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME, Korean and UN medals. Postwar: Remained in USAF, serving in Korea and rising to Captain.

Aircraft

  • 44-14321 'Barbara'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 504FS,339FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Frank D Guernsey. Belly Landing due to Engine Failure Church Farm, Wendy Cat 4 damage Lt Vernon N Barto, 5-Feb-45.

Locations

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2017 16:17:57 SeattleSleeper Changes to caption
Sources

Black and white negative from Lt. Thomas F. Flemming collection. Shot on Kodak Super-XX with Leica I camera.

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2017 12:51:56 SeattleSleeper Changes to caption
Sources

Black and white negative from Lt. Thomas F. Flemming collection. Shot on Kodak Super-XX with Leica I camera.

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2016 18:51:15 SeattleSleeper Changes to caption
Sources

Photo taken by Lt. Thomas F. Flemming

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2016 11:08:50 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and unit associations
Sources

Thomas F. Flemming picture - modified caption text.

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2016 15:02:38 SeattleSleeper Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Photograph by Lt. Thomas F. Flemming, February, 1945.

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