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44-15347

P-51 Mustang

This was the only olive drab P-51D Mustang in the 4th Fighter Group.
Originally assigned to Maj. Howard 'Deacon' Hively, it was passed on to Lt Col. Louis 'Red Dog' Norley when he became CO of the 334th Fighter Squadron on 25 January 1945.
Lured over aerodrome defenses by Me262 which he was attacking, sustained damage to cooling system, glycol streamed from A/C for 10 minutes before piloy Lt William B Hoelscher baled out. Evaded capture EVD. 25-Apr-45. MACR 14047.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

People

  • Vincent Andra

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time crew chief for Colonel Louis 'Red Dog'Norley. Assigned to participate in Op FRANTIC II, the Russia Shuttle mission. The B-17 he was assigned to was involved in a taxi accident, heading to the runway and was...

  • Howard Hively

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Howard Hively hailed from Columbus, Ohio, and Norman, Oklahoma. While becoming interested in oil leases and attempting to form an aero-exploration firm, he saw a poster in a Dallas hotel inviting him to join the RAF's Eagle Squadrons. He applied, was...

  • William Hoelscher

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Lured over aerodrome defenses by Me262 which he was attacking, sustained damage to cooling system, glycol streamed from P-51D 44-15347 for 10 minutes before Lt Hoelscher baled out. Evaded capture EVD. 25-Apr-45. MACR...

  • Louis Norley

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Lois Norley was from Conrad, Montana. He was assigned to the 4th Fighter Group, 336th Squadron, on 10 July 1943. it did not take long for him to acquire the nickname "Red Dog", not because his red hair, but for his propensity to lose money playing Red...

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
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered Beale AFB, CA, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Debden, Loughton IG10 3SW, UK 1944

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed 252 42 Jesenice, Czechia 25 April 1945 – 25 April 1945

Lured over aerodrome defenses by Me262 which he was attacking, sustained damage to cooling system, glycol streamed from A/C for 10 minutes before piloy Lt William B Hoelscher baled out. Evaded capture EVD. 25-Apr-45. MACR 14047.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2017 20:49:13 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=14047
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=41-15347&Submit=Search
https://www.fold3.com/image/29030944

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2016 20:26:26 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=14047
https://www.fold3.com/image/29030944

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2015 18:24:01 apollo11 Changes to markings, description, person associations and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

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

MACR 14047 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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