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P-51 Mustang

This was one of the first Mustangs assigned to the 335th Fighter Squadron.
It was supposed to have been an RAF Mustang III FB142, but was diverted to the USAAF.
Later transferred to the 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.
Lt Magnusun took off from Goxhill on solo instrument training flight on 7th June 1944. The weather was cloudy and a mid air collision occured with P-51C 42-103007. Lt Magnusun stated that he never saw the aircraft that hit him. With the right wing torn off, he bailed successfully. Lt Moritz, first time up in a P-51, in 42-103007 was unable to get clear and died in the resulting crash.



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  • Charles Moritz

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    Military site : airfield
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Event Location Date
Manufactured Dallas, TX, USA 1943

Intended to have been an RAF Mustang III FB142. Diverted to the USAAF.

Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 2 June 1944

Landing Accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Paul E Olson, 2-Jun-44.

555FTS 496FTG 8AF.

Crashed Faldingworth, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire LN8, UK 7 June 1944

Mid Air Collision 1/2mi Nth Faldingworth Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Robert H Magnuson, 7-Jun-44.

555FTS 496FTG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
02 May 2016 09:02:57 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
4th Fighter Group - Debden Eagles By Chris Bucholtz, Chris Davey

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2015 21:04:38 apollo11 Changes to production block number

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

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2015 21:00:25 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, markings, description, unit associations and place associations

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