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44-13633

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Vincent W Ambrose. Re-assigned to Lt John McAlister. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort Madgeburg, element spiralled down to 15,000ft to investigate straggling bomber, A/C last seen in vicinity of Koblenz. Pilot Lt Howard Steussy POW. 28-Sep-44. MACR 9265.

Service

Units

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 370th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Vincent Ambrose

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. 92 missions, 325 hours. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • John McAlister

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Only flew 11 missions, got over there too late Air Medal w 1/Oak Leaf Cluster flew the P-51D Satan's Lady 44-13633 CS-R 44-14038 CS-G

  • Howard Steussy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort Madgeburg, element spiralled down to 15,000ft to investigate straggling bomber, A/C last seen in vicinity of Koblenz. Lt Steussy POW. 28-Sep-44. MACR 9265. ...

Places

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American Aviation.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 1944

Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Koblenz, Germany 28 September 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort Madgeburg, element spiralled down to 15,000ft to investigate straggling bomber, A/C last seen in vicinity of Koblenz. Pilot Lt Howard Steussy POW. 28-Sep-44. MACR 9265.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 July 2016 16:56:24 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=13633
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=13633
https://www.fold3.com/image/28726143

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 9265 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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