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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return from "Rhubarb" to the Bordeaux area of France on 21 March 44, while strafing the Caen-Carpiquet airfield. Shot down by Flak and crashed near Tailleville, 14km North of the Caen-Carpiquet airdrome. Pilot Captain Kenneth Guy Smith Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3381.



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    8th Air Force

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  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

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    Military | Major | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
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  • 8th Air Force 271 FIGHTER SWEEP

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  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
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Event Location Date
Crashed 21 March 1944

Hit by Flak on the 21 March 1944 “Rhubarb” fighter sweep mission to the Bordeaux area, France. Hit by ground fire while strafing the Caen-Carpiquet airfield, Calvados Department, France. Engine exploded, pilot managed to bail out. Mustang crashed in Tailleville, 14km North of the Caen-Carpiquet airdrome.


Date Contributor Update
13 March 2020 15:31:07 ED-BB Changes to description, events and mission associations

MACR 3381
NARA Captured German Records : J-727 at

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2016 20:38:35 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:40 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 3381 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database