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43-6895

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Flown by Major James A Goodson. Transferred to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from patrol mission, hit by Flak whilst strafing ground targets Nogent-le-Rotrou, France. Pilot Lt Robert D Couture evaded and was rescued by the Maquis. RTD. 7-Jun-44. MACR 5565.

Service

Units

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 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...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • 354th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Robert Couture

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from patrol mission, hit by Flak whilst strafing ground targets near Nogent La Rotrol 7-Jun-44 in P-51B 43-6895. MACR 5565. Crash landed near Vicheres and was hidden on a farm by the Rousseaus...

  • James Goodson

    Military | Major | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Major Goodson was a U.S. citizen born in New York City on 21 March 1921 of British parents. He was raised in Toronto, Canada, by his mother following his father's death. In 1939, upon graduation from high school, he had no money but a desire to meet...

  • Robert Kurtz

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Gompelscheuer on 3 Aug 44 in P-51 44-14001.

Places

  • 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...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed 28400 Nogent-le-Rotrou, France 7 July 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) from patrol mission, hit by Flak whilst strafing ground targets Nogent-le-Rotrou, France. Pilot Lt Robert D Couture evaded and was rescued by the Maquis. RTD. 7-Jun-44. MACR 5565.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2016 14:28:55 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=6895&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=5565&Submit=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28620254

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

MACR 5565 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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