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Captain René L Burtner Jr with his third P-51D Mustang to be named "Hubert" and coded IV-D of the 369th Fighter Squadron. This is his final one, a P-51D-20-NA serial number 44-72366. The previous two were initially 44-15394 and then 44-14988.



  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 369th Fighter Squadron


  • René Burtner

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Saint Dizier. Crashed near Sompuis on 18 Aug 44 in P-51B serial number 43-12186, assigned aircraft of Captain Gilbert R Ralston Jr. Hit by flak while strafing airdrome and evaded...



  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


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31 October 2014 22:02:36 Pyker Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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