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P-51 Mustangs, including (E9-S, serial number 42-106707) nicknamed "Sleepytime Gal", (B7-E, serial number 42-106839) nicknamed "Bald Eagle III" and (E9-K) nicknamed "Vi" of the 361st Fighter Group line up for take off on D-Day at Bottisham. Written on slide casing: '361 FG, 6/6/44 At Bottisham.'

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

P-51 Mustangs, including (E9-S, serial number 42-106707) nicknamed "Sleepytime Gal", (B7-E, serial number 42-106839) nicknamed "Bald Eagle III" and (E9-K) nicknamed "Vi" opf the 361st Fighter Group line up for take off on D-Day at Bottisham. Written on slide casing: '361 FG, 6/6/44 At Bottisham.'

Connections

Units

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

Aircraft

  • 4413391 Vi

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-106707 'Sleepytime Gal'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Clarence E Sullivan. Re-assigned to Lt David P Overholt. Landing accident in this A/C Hethel/Sta 114 13-Oct-44.

  • 42-106839 'Bald Eagle III'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 374FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Locations

  • Bottisham

    Military site : airfield
    The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2017 08:14:20 Lucy May Changes to caption
Sources

Removed typo from caption.

Date Contributor Update
16 September 2017 14:31:19 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:29:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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