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43-12315

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR). Crashed Sth of Spezat on the return from a bomber escort mission to Berlin on 22-Mar-44. Pilot Lt Carter Jones. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3401.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 363rd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Clarence Anderson

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 357th Fighter Group
    Clarence "Bud" Anderson enlisted shortly after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. He earned his pilots wing in September 1942 and joined the 357th Fighter Group a year later. In late 1943, Anderson and the 357th arrived in Europe, where they quickly...

  • Carter Jones

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    P-51B 43-12315 crashed S of Spezat on the return from a bomber escort mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Leon Zimmermann

    Military | Sergeant | Ground Personal/Armorer | 357th Fighter Group
    Leon Zimmermann served with the 357th Fighter Group as Major Clarence "Bud" Anderson's armorer for 'Old Crow'.

Places

  • Leiston

    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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American Aviation.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Leiston IP16, UK 1944

Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Bremen, Germany 23 March 1944

Failed to Return (FTR). Crashed Sth of Spezat on the return from a bomber escort mission to Berlin on 22-Mar-44. Pilot Lt Carter Jones. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3401.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2016 19:57:13 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=12315
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=43-6723&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28637369

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 3401 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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