IWM catalogue record
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P-51 Mustangs (B6-H, serial number 44-14356) nicknamed "Lonesome Polecat" and (serial number 44-15504) of the 363rd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group after a ground collision. 3 February 1945. Handwritten caption on reverse: '3 Feb '45. B6-H, Lonesome Polecat, 44-14356. Collision with 44-15504.' On reverse: Merle Olmsted Collection [Stamp].
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...
Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost 26-Feb-45. Lt Roy Anthony bailed safely, landing in and being rescued by Air Sea Recue from the English Channel.
Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.
Military site : airfield
Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...