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44-14732

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Merlin A Arnold. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Berlin, A/C abandoned after coolant failure pilot F/O Jerry M Campbell seen to bale out safely over tail and open chute in the area of Minden 18-Mar-45 EVD MACR 13412.

** MACR inconclusive and as there is no casualty record associated with ASN T-127209, assumed evaded.

Service

Units

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron

People

  • Merlin Arnold

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot with the 353rd fighter group, 351st fighter squadron | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Baled out over English Channel, struck tailplane, chute did not open. 30-Mar-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (5OLC), PH.

  • Jerry Campbell

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Berlin, P-51D 'Tampa Tampa' 44-14732 abandoned after coolant failure. Baled out safely over tail and opened chute in the area of Minden 18-Mar-45 EVD MACR 13412. ...

Places

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American Aviation.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 1944

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Minden, Germany 18 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Berlin, A/C abandoned after coolant failure pilot F/O Jerry M Campbell seen to bale out safely obsvered tail and open chute in the area of Minden 18-Mar-45 EVD MACR 13412.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 July 2016 10:21:43 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=44-14732&Submit=S...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=44-14887&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/41929531

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 13412 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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