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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 363rd FS, 357th FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 555th FTS, 496th FTG. Crashed, suffered a landing accident on 12 August 1944 Cat 3 damage. Pilot Lt Henry S Sykes, by which point it was marked as War Weary. Transferred to 82nd FS, 78th FG. Abandoned by Lt Herbert K Shope Duxford Grange Farm, 26-11-44.



  • 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. ...

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 363rd Fighter Squadron
  • 555th Fighter Training Squadron
  • 82nd Fighter Squadron


  • Herbert Shope

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Henry Sykes

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group


  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...


Event Location Date
Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 12 August 1944

Suffered a landing accident on 12 August 1944 Cat 3 damage. Pilot Lt Henry S Sykes.

Crashed Grange Farm Cottage, Grange Rd, Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22 4WF, UK 26 November 1944

Baled Out Duxford Grange Farm/SE, Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Herbert K Shope, 26-11-44.


Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 12:35:03 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 11:34:25 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations