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44-13788

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. A/C struck by flak in left wing tank while strafing a dispersal area containing German aircraft SE of Munich. Pilot Lt Herman S Rasmussen pulled his A/C up to about 400ft then “dropped his wing and went out the right side” Though a chute was seen, his wingman noted “it was not fully opened when it reached the ground.” KIA. MACR 13946.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

People

  • Thomas Elffner

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot

  • Herman Rasmussen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    2nd Lt. Herman S. Rasmussen was killed in action (KIA) when he was hit by flak while strafing the Munich-Bruntthal aerodrome on 9 April 1945. He baled at low altitude from his P-51 Mustang #44-13788 near Neuberg, but his 'chute did not open in time.

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 Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 9 February 1945

Crash Landing Structural Failure Debden/Sta 356 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Thomas H Elffner, 9-Feb-45.

335FS 4FG 8AF.

Crashed Munich, Germany 9 April 1945

A/C struck by flak in left wing tank while strafing a dispersal area containing German aircraft SE of Munich. He pulled his Mustang up to about 400’ then “dropped his wing and went out the right side” Though a chute was seen, his wingman noted “it was not fully opened when it reached the ground.” KIA MACR 13946.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 20:01:30 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=44-13788
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=13946

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

MACR 13946 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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