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43-12478

P-51 Mustang

P-51B 43-12478 AJ+Q 'Sonava, 355th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force.
Flown by Capt Jim Edwards x-RCAF Typhoon pilot who scored 5 kills in it.

Transferred to the 368th FS 8th AF has CV+P and flown by 1Lt Emory C Cook.

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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 356th Fighter Squadron
  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

People

  • Emory Cook

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x kill. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Edwards

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine | 354th Fighter Group
    Fighter pilot RCAF, AAF, USAF 56 Squadron Typhoon Mk Ib 150 missions 356th FS P-51B CA ANG F-86F

  • Andrew Lemmens

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    June 1943-May 1944, to 370th FS, P-47D 42-8402 'Lucky Pearl'

Places

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Lashenden

    Military site : airfield
    Close to but completely separate from RAF Headcorn, Lashenden was built for the RAF during 1942-43 as an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), initially as a light bomber base and then as a training base for mobile fighter squadrons. Enlarged and improved for...

  • Cricqueville

    Military site : airfield

  • Gael

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA 1943

Built at North American.

Delivered September 1943
Assigned Boxted, UK 23 October 1943

Assigned to 356FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF.

Assigned East Wretham, UK July 1944

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Converted to 2 Seater October 1944

43-12478 underwent a 2 seater, field conversion with the 368th FS, 359th FG, 8th AF and became CV-P Bar.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2021 13:45:38 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events and place associations
Sources

http://www.cybermodeler.com/history/354fg/pages/354th_01.shtml
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=43-12478 Unit Assignments.
359th Fighter Group By Jack H Smith

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2016 19:24:02 fugari Changes to description
Sources

cook

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2016 19:22:01 fugari Changes to media associations
Sources

cook

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2016 19:19:32 fugari Changes to markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

cook

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2015 20:30:27 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number
Sources

http://www.cybermodeler.com/history/354fg/pages/354th_01.shtml
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=43-12478 Unit Assignments.
359th Fighter Group By Jack H Smith

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2015 20:21:38 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.cybermodeler.com/history/354fg/pages/354th_01.shtml
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=43-12478 Unit Assignments.
359th Fighter Group By Jack H Smith

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2015 20:20:02 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.cybermodeler.com/history/354fg/pages/354th_01.shtml
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=43-12478 Unit Assignments.
359th Fighter Group By Jack H Smith

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