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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 fashion more aircraft parking spaces on a site with only 27 hardstands. The 359th Fighter Group were based here between December 1943 and April 1945.

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Service

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People

  • Robert Addleman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

  • Boyd Adkins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    On 3 April 1945 Adkins was part of a friendly fire incident where yellow flight engaged and fired upon P-51s of the 3rd Scouting Force, after mistaking them for enemy aircraft. ...

  • Benjamin Albertson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return FTR bomber escort Fredrickshafen. ...

  • Robert Alexander

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 361FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 3rd Gunnery & Tow Target Flight. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

  • John Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Lisieux, section bounced 25 Fw190's, during melee strayed behind formation and was picked of by Fw190, ...

  • Vincent Ambrose

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. 92 missions, 325 hours. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD).

  • Carl Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort mission to Merseburg, dropped out of formation with engine difficulties, abandoned P-51D 44-14444 when oil pressure hit zero, A/C crashed near Harleshausen 22-Nov-44. Prisoner of...

  • David Archibald

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Kassel, left formation as ailerons were freezing, reduced his altitude accompanied by wingman. Overflying a crashed B-17 the pair made ready to destroy it by dropping fuel tanks and...

  • Joseph Ashenmacher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour Duty (ETD).

  • Merle Aunspaugh

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in flying accident carrying out mock strafing attack during gunnery practice in P-51C 42-103793, flew into tree, ripping of a wing and crashed. Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA). Polebrook. 2-Mar-45.

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Aircraft

  • 42-103354

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod Mulhouse, Germany hit by flak in coolant system baled out Sarrebourg, France pilot Capt Charles C Ettlesen Evaded (EVD) 25-May-44 MACR 5114.

  • 42-106577

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod Lisieux hit by flak in Vicinity St Marent crashed near Sommery on 8 Aug 44 2Lt Willis J Cherry Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 7781.

  • 42-106771 'Dotty'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Berlin. Strafed first a barge and then a train on return journey and took flak hit to oil system, A/C abandoned when oil pressure zeroed out. Pilot Lt Richard H Branch POW. 30-May-44...

  • 42-106809 'Little Liquidator'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt George F Baker Jr. Failed to Return (FTR) training mission, pilot radioed that propeller governer had failed and baled out over North sea. Died non...

  • 42-106841 'Damn Yankee'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission, released to strafe flew over Versaille, downed 2 x Fw190's and hit by flak going for the third Fw190. Lt Leroy D Hess Jr bellied in and was captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 12...

  • 42-106848 'Deviless 2nd'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Paris last seen pursuing a Fw190 over Paris, shot down by flak crashed at Villacoublay pilot Capt Robert L Pherson Killed in Action (KIA). 12-Jun-44 MACR 5597.

  • 42-106867 'Pegelin'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Lisieux, section bounced 25 Fw190's, during melee strayed behind formation and was picked of by Fw190, crashed near Dreux on 8-Aug-44 in P-51B 42-106867 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • 42-106878

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Beaumont area shot down by Fw190 near Nogent Sur Oise pilot Lt Theophalus A Williams Killed in Action (KIA) 17-Aug-44. MACR 8125.

  • 42-106904

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Brunswick shot down in combat with Fw190 crashed at Wunstorf 1Lt Stanley E Sackett Killed in Action (KIA) 8-May-44 MACR 4537.

  • 42-106921 'Baltimore Babe'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Vincent W Ambrose. Re-assigned to Lt Emory G Johnson. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Schwering aerodrome, struck ground with air scoop which was ripped off, A/C then hit by flak...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2017 08:49:05 cpeters58 Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Adding

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)

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