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43-6770

P-51 Mustang

One-time personal aircraft of Lt Albert Schlegel and Lt Eliot H Shapleigh.
Suffered a landing gear collapse on 4-Mar-44, after returning from the 4th Fighter Group's first escort mission to Berlin. When repaired 43-6770 was recoded to WD-G_.
Lost 18-Jun-44 Fighter sweep to Combourg, strafed horse drawn column, took ground fire damage to glycol system, crash landed. Lt Robert W Little POW MACR 6262.

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

  • Robert Little

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near St. James France on 18 Jun 44 in P-51 #43-6770. MACR 6262.

  • Albert Schlegel

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Albert Schlegel was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1919. Lacking the two college certificates required by the US Army Air Corp, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), flight training was in Ontario, Canada, final service training taking place in...

  • Eliot Shapleigh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. On 27-May-44, Lt. Shapleigh baled out near Laon, France, in his P-51 Mustang 42-106464 because of engine trouble. He was picked up by the French Underground and hidden in a secret room in a private home until the area...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force FO 260 BOMBER ESCORT

    4 March 1944
    A combined force of 770 fighters of types: P-38; P-47 and P-51 are despatched to heavy bombers attacking at Berlin. The weather is terrible and many of the bomber formations either abort of seek Targets of Opportunity in the Ruhr valley. The P-38...

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 Buffalo, NY, USA 3 December 1943

Ground accident Curtiss-Wright Mod'n Centre, Buffalo, NY Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Charles Yokum, 3-Dec-43.

Materiel Curtis-Wright Mod Ctr,Buffalo, NY

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 4 March 1944

Landing accident Debden/Sta 356 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Albert L Schlegel, 4-Mar-44.

335FS 4FG 8AF.

Crashed Saint-James, France 18 June 1944

Lost 18-Jun-44 Lt Robert W Little POW. MACR 6262. Fighter sweep to Combourg, strafed horse drawn column, took ground fire damage to glycol system, crash landed.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2016 12:38:17 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=43-6770&Submit4=Go
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=43-6770&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/29401034
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=43-6770&Submit=Se...

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 12:09:27 apollo11 Changes to markings
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 12:07:54 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.

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