"Members Of The 78Th Fighter Group Inspect A North American P-51 Which Crash Landed At 8Th Air Force Station F-357 Duxford, England. 23 September 1944." - 23 September 1944: This Mustang, carrying only the black ETO nose & tail bands, was on approach to land at Duxford when the engine quit. The accident report lists this aircraft's assignment (P-51D serial 44-14551) as the 310th Ferry Sq, 27th Air Transport Gp. It lists the pilot as 1st Lt J. E. Brasher - a good chance that it was Jerry E. Brasher, formerly of the 82nd Ftr Sq, 78th FG, and that this ship was a new delivery to the Group.
NARA Ref 342-FH-3A15537-72408AC.
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
Gerald E 'Jerry' Brasher served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group. He was a ace with 6 kills to his credit. 1 x confirmed [Air], 5 x confirmed [Ground]. Transferred to 310FRS, 27ATG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.
Assigned to 310FRS, 27ATG, 8AF. Being ferried into Duxford as a replacement A/C in the hands of 1st Lt Jerry E Brasher when engine failed causing the loss of the A/C. Brasher fortunately walked away unharmed. 23-Sep-44.
Military site : airfield
RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...