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P-51 Mustang

Personal aircraft of Col. Budd Peaslee, Commanding Officer Scouting Force (Experimental) and 1st Scouting Force. Flown by Lt William J. Doherty of 364th Fighter Group / 383rd Fighter Squadron on 10 January 1945. Was last seen in formation at about 12,000 ft above Vielsalm, Belgium. No radio contact could be established nor the plane seen crashing.



  • 364th Fighter Group

    364th Fighter Group

    The 364th Fighter Group flew 342 missions in P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs from Honington, Suffolk. The missions ranged from escorting bombers and dive-bombing and strafing targets to area patrol missions across a swathe of land that took in France...

  • 1st Scouting Force
  • 383rd Fighter Squadron
  • Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX)

    Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX)

    Formed by Col. Peaslee following presentation of his theory to Gen. Doolittle. The purpose of the Scouting Force concept was for experienced, tour expired lead bomber pilots, escorted by volunteer fighter pilots, to fly ahead of bomber formations to...


  • William Doherty

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    MACR 11876 just mentions Lt Doherty's P-51 was last seen in formation above Vielsalm, Belgium. No chute was seen and no trace of the plane or pilot was found. Freeman's "Mighty 8th War Diary" mentions only one 364th aircraft missing that day on Mission...

  • Budd Peaslee

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    First Commanding Officer of 384th Bomb Group and instigator of the Scouting Force concept, to enable the bomber stream to change course in good time if target area was obscured. ...


  • 789

    10 January 1945


  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Vielsalm Belgium 10 January 1945

Lost with Lt. William J. Doherty (KIA) near Vielsalm, Belgium. Circumstances unknown.


Date Contributor Update
01 July 2016 22:42:22 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames and markings

Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2015 08:03:24 ED-BB Changes to description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations

MACR 11876

Date Contributor Update
07 October 2014 14:35:11 Pyker Changes to nicknames and markings

Updated and corrected description of markings.

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2014 15:55:38 Pyker Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

MACR 11876

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

MACR 11876 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database