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North American P-51B-1-NA Mustang, S/N 43-12433. This aircraft was originally sent to the RAF under the Lend-Lease program as a Mustang III s/n FX905, but was returned to the USAAF on December 30,1943 with no RAF service recorded.
Her first USAAF assignment was with the 362nd Fighter Squadron of the 357th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force. Then was transferred to the 368th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group.
Declared 'War Weary' and sent to the 351st FS, 353rd FG as the squadron's "hack" aircraft. She was written off after being belly-landed by Lt. James Lamb on March 20,1945 at Raydon.

Connections

Units

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 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...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 368th Fighter Group

    368th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 368th Fighter Group flew P-47s in combat from England from March 1944. In the days after D-Day the Group supported Allied ground troops fighting in the Cherbourg penisula and then around St. Lo. The Group received a DUC for flying seven missions in...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron
  • 362nd Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-12433

    P-51 Mustang
    Initially to RAF on 24 August 1943 as FX905. Returned to AAF service on 30 December 1943 and received at Warton 31 December. Issued to 354th FG 356th FS on 27 January where it became "Mackie 3rd/Miss Pea Ridge" AJ-M Pilot Lt Mack Tyner. Acquired codes...

Locations

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2016 14:48:56 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

www.littlefriends.co.uk / flickr.com

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2015 10:45:19 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

www.littlefriends.co.uk / flickr.com

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