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P-51 Mustang

The plane was discovered in 2001, with pilot William W. Patton's remains. These were brought back to the USA. See the French website at :



  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 3rd Scouting Force

    3rd Scouting Force

    The 3rd Scouting Force was unique in that it operated P-51s and B-17s simultaneously, flying weather reconnaissance and escort missions for the 8th Air Force's Bomb Groups. ...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron


  • William Patton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    William Patton Jr was killed in action (KIA) on 15 January 1945 while flying weather recon in a P-51 Mustang in the 3rd Scouting Force detached to the 388th Bomb Group / 560th Bomb Squadron. Posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air...


  • 794

    15 January 1945


  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 15 January 1945

Crashed near the La Longueville railway station, about 5 miles West of Maubeuge, France


Date Contributor Update
20 February 2019 10:23:57 ED-BB Changes to person associations

Corrected connection to pilot's page

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2019 10:21:53 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations

MACR 11919
Link to pilot, mission, unit...

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

MACR 13094 / MACR 8433 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database