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44-11661

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost on bomber escort mission to Herford, Germany. On return whilst strafing canal traffic, A/C bellied in Fehndorf, Meppen county, Ger. Pilot F/O Alvin L Hand POW.
24-Feb-45. MACR 12625.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

  • Headquarters (4th Fighter Group)

    Headquarters (4th Fighter Group)

    Headquarters
    The Headquarters Squadron was made up of true leaders. Most had flown Hurricanes, Spitfires, Thunderbolts and Mustangs. ...

People

  • Lynd Cox

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Served as a flight instructor for the remainder of the war. Opened Clifton Carpet Inc.

  • Alvin Hand

    Military | Flying Officer | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed near Fehndorf on 24 Feb 45 in P-51K 'Iron Ass' 44-11661. POW. MACR 12625.

  • Jack Oberhansly

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/DeputyGroup Commander | 78th Fighter Group
    Lt. Colonel Jack Oberhansly, from Spanish Fork, Utah, was commissioned and received his wings on 12 December 1941 at Luke Field, Phoenix Arizona. He joined the 14th Pursuit Group, 48th Pursuit Squadron. He later transferred to the 78th Fighter...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Emmen, Netherlands 24 February 1945 – 24 February 1945

Lost on bomber escort mission to Herford, Germany. On return whilst strafing canal traffic, A/C bellied in Emmen, Holland. Pilot F/O Alvin L Hand POW. MACR 12625.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2022 10:57:33 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=11661
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=12625
https://www.fold3.com/image/28828867

Date Contributor Update
01 June 2020 09:48:42 Jabo Changes to description
Sources

MACR 12625

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2016 09:44:13 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=11661
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=12625
https://www.fold3.com/image/28828867

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2016 09:25:10 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=11661
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=12625
https://www.fold3.com/image/28828867

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2015 09:17:47 apollo11 Changes to nicknames and person associations
Sources

Personal research & 'Eighty-One Aces of the 4th Fighter Group' by Frank Speer.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 12625 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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