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IWM catalogue record

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

A P-51 (WR-P, serial number 42-106950), nicknamed "The Iowa Beaut", of the 354th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Group in flight. Written on slide casing: 'Lee Menenhall Fly WR-P "Iowa Beaut" 354 FS, 355 FG.'



  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 354th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-106950 "Man o' War" "The Iowa Beaut"

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Madgeburg crashed Hörnsheim vincinity of Wetzlar Lt Kevin G Rafferty Killed in Action (KIA) 11-Sep-44. MACR 8676.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:30:32 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection