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A P-51D Mustang (G4-P, serial number 44-14245) nicknamed "Floogie II" of the 357th Fighter Group escorts a damaged B-17 Flying Fortress of the 96th Bomb Group, flown by "Woody" Woodson during a mission. "Woody" Woodson states that his ship had lost an engine and a second was beginning to fail, leaving his aircraft alone behind the formation over enemy territory. 'Floogie' responded to their call for help and provided escort. The image was taken by the waist gunner aboard Woodson's B-17 who coaxed the P-51 closer in order to take the image. Woodson stated: 'We were hit by flak on the bomb run and lost an engine. A second engine was giving trouble and would not keep up with the formation. We suddenly felt very alone in the skies over Germany. Called the fighter channel on the radio and miraculously a lovely P-51 showed up on our wing in a surprisingly short time. We knew his wing man was above flying cover so we began to relax. A waist gunner had a 35mm camera with color film- a WWII rarity. We coaxed the P-51 closer and closer and [associated media] is the picture that resulted. It still brings a lump to my throat when I look at it.'

IWM catalogue record

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A P-51 Mustang (G4-P, serial number 42-106829) nicknamed "Floogie (Joan)" of the 357th Fighter Group escorts a bomber during a mission.

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  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

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  • Richard Woodson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    'We were hit by flak on the bomb run and lost an engine. A second engine was giving trouble and would not keep up with the formation. We suddenly felt very alone in the skies over Germany. Called the fighter channel on the radio and miraculously a...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2015 15:44:05 Carl Changes to caption
Sources

Via AAM memory book and entry on Woodson's page.

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2014 15:14:24 Pyker Changes to caption
Sources

Corrected serial number from a P-51B to the P-51D as seen. Also this was Lt Otto D "Dittie" Jenkins' second "Floogie" hence name "Floogie II".

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2014 10:50:04 Emily Changes to caption
Sources

Richard Peyton "Woody" Woodson III, via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:30:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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