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Fowlmere

Military site : airfield

Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist and, flying their new P-51B Mustangs on operations from the end of April 1944, went on to record the highest claims of air and ground enemy aircraft victories in the space of one year. Fowlmere was sold to local farmers in 1957, and since 1988 part of the site has continued to operate as an airfield.

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Service

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People

  • John Aitken

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    First tour of operations in the Mediterranean flying Spitfires in the 2FS, 52FG, 15AF USAAF as a Lieutenant. Credited with two victories and one shared in 1943. For second tour, assigned to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with three aerial victories....

  • Michael Alba

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Born in Pasadena, California, Michael Alba grew up in Simi Valley where his family worked in the orchards. He was a 1937 teammate of future baseball star Jackie Robinson at the Pasadena City College, practicing on Catalina Island with the Cubs team....

  • Richard Aldrich

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed tour of duty Sept. 20, 1945.

  • Bernie Allen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x victory. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

  • Lorne Allers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 1 victory. Completed tour of duty 18-Jul-45. Awards: WWII Victory.

  • Johnnie Allman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Collided in midair with P-51B 43-6439 and crashed at Grange Farm at Black Peek, Cheshire, England 12-Feb-45. 2nd Lt Allman killed in training accident (KITA), aircraft destroyed. Awards: PH.

  • Roy Amerman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory.

  • Robert Ammon

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) 1st Tour of Duty (ETD). 2nd tour 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) 2nd Tour of Duty (ETD). Credited with 5...

  • Stephen Ananian

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. 64 combat missions, credited with destroying one Me 262 jet fighter and damaging two others in aerial combat, as well as three aircraft on the ground while strafing enemy airfields. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD...

  • Walter Armistead

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Chatres, A/C P-51B 42-106720 suffered engine troubles, A/C abandoned and crashed near Châteaudun on 17-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5945. ...

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Aircraft

  • 42-106720

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Chatres, A/C P-51B 42-106720 suffered engine troubles, A/C abandoned and crashed near Châteaudun on 17-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5945.

  • 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...

  • 42-106937

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Bauvais whilst strafing a train hit by flak in coolant system and abandoned A/C. Pilot Lt Edwin C Ball baled out. KIA. MACR 7438.

  • 44-11623 Rusty

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-13521 Marinell

    P-51 Mustang
    P-51D Mustang Serial No. 44-13521 was built at North American Aviation's Inglewood plant, California. It was shipped to England on 6 June 1944, was taken in charge on 30 June 1944 and assigned to the 504th Fighter Squadron, part of the 339th Fighter...

  • 44-13630 'Rebel' 'Betty Jane II' 'Honey' ''Darlin' Doris'' 'Pittsburgh Smoker'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort mission, suffered engine failure, A/C abandoned. Pilot Lt Albert A Zimmerman Evaded EVD. 2-Nov-44....

  • 44-13980 'Shy Ann'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Bremmen. Mechanical failure Wilhelmstrassen area 26-Sep-44 Lt Paul D Fickel POW. MACR 9232.

  • 44-14387 'Tar Heel' 'Lois III'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) freelance mission to Praha Area, A/C struck by flak while strafing Pilsen Airdrome. Losing glycol, A/C abandoned after entering an uncontrollable dive to...

  • 44-14647 'Pedunk'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) sweep to Bremen, whilst strafing Kaltenkirchen aerodrome, hit by flak in coolant system, pilot 1st Lt Jerome J Ballard abandoned A/C, chute streaming but not inflating due to the low altitude....

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Revisions

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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