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P-51 Mustang

Assigned 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.
Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF War Weary, converted to 2 seater, named 'Joe's Junk'.



  • 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. ...

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

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

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter 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

    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...

  • 375th Fighter Squadron
  • 555th Fighter Training Squadron


  • Oliver Bucher

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Post War: Commanding Officer 39th Air Division Jul-67. Retired from the Air Force as a Colonel.

  • Joseph Sills

    Military | Staff Sergeant


  • Bottisham

    Military site : airfield
    The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...

  • 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...

  • 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 16 September 1944

Taxiing accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Cat 3 damage, [ground crew], 16-Sep-44.

555FTS 496FTG 8AF.

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 30 November 1944

Taxiing accident Debden/Sta 356 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Oliver B Bucher Jr, 30-Nov-44.

335FS 4FG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
13 March 2016 12:02:40 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations