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Norman Wesley Achen

Military

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by Flak whilst strafing a ground target in P-51 43-6882, performed a belly landing in the vicinity of Lake Zwischenahner. Last contacted by radio. POW. 15-Aug-44. MACR 8147.

Service

Units served with

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

  • 8th Air Force

Aircraft

  • 43-6882

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. A/C hit by Flak whilst strafing a ground target, pilot 2nd Lt Norman Achen performed a belly landing in the vicinity of Lake Zwischenahner. Last contacted by radio. POW. MACR 8147

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kenosha, WI, USA 11 July 1921
Lived in Los Angeles, CA, USA 1940
Enlisted Phoenix, AZ, USA 6 June 1942
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 11 June 1944 – 15 August 1944

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Shot down Bad Zwischenahn, Germany 15 August 1944

Hit by Flak whilst strafing a ground target in P-51 43-6882, performed a belly landing in the vicinity of Lake Zwischenahner. Last contacted by radio. POW. 15-Aug-44. MACR 8147.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 15 August 1944 – 1945

Prisoner of War (POW).

Died San Diego, CA, USA 17 February 2010

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2016 20:47:37 WD-C Mustang Changes to middlename and highest rank
Sources

http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.48504/trans...

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2016 20:34:51 WD-C Mustang Changes to nickname
Sources

Added nickname using "Go with God" by Achen

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2016 13:14:20 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28699264
http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.48504/trans...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8147 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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