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44-13936

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Samuel J Wicker. Failed to Return (FTR) Area sweep to Berlin, shortly after landfall formation went onto instruments due to overcast, element leader called a break as another group of P-51's where descending onto the formation, contact lost with 2nd Lt Argent Acosta Jr, Killed in Action (KIA) near Kiel. MACR 8319.

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. ...

  • 364th Fighter Group

    364th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 383rd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Argent Acosta

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Area sweep to Berlin, shortly after landfall formation went onto instruments due to overcast, element leader called a break as another group of P-51's where descending onto the formation,...

  • Samuel Wicker

    Military | First Lieutenant | 364th Fighter Group

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American Aviation.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP31, UK 1944

Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Kiel, Germany 27 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Area sweep to Berlin, shortly after landfall formation went onto instruments due to overcast, element leader called a break as another group of P-51's where descending onto the formation, contact lost with 2nd Lt Argent Acosta Jr, Killed in Action (KIA) near Kiel. MACR 8319.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2016 14:10:16 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=44-13936&Submit=S...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=8319&Submit=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28691370

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 8319 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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