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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred War Weary to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF as a hack A/C.



  • 43-6800

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.


  • 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. ...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter 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...

  • 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...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron
  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

  • 554th Fighter Training Squadron


  • Harry Dugan

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Lt. Harry E. Dugan's crew chief was S/Sgt Gene Cross, and their aircraft was P-51D Mustang 'Penny', VF-M. Lt. Dugan downed a Messerschmitt Bf 109 on 1 September 1944.

  • John Duncan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 339th Fighter Group

  • Richard Hahn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Crashed near Zeitz on 19 Mar 45 in P-51 'Shirley Dean' #44-14631, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edward Hernandez

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    1st Lt.Edward Hernandez of the 336th Fighter Squadron, completed his tour on 8 March 1945.

  • Benjamin Kelsey

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot/Test Pilot/Staff Officer | 14th Fighter Group
    New York Times Obituary ...

  • William Long

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group

  • Frank Rea

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Jan. -Sept. 1945

  • Robert Tussey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. 26 missions. 2 x Victories [1 x air/ 1 x ground]. Bailed out over the English Channel from P-51 43-24771. Picked up by an Air Sea Rescue boat out of Dover and taken to Ramsgate Hospital where he later succumbed to his...


  • 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...

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...


Event Location Date
Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 6 April 1944

Landing Accident Debden/Sta 356 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Robert S Tussey, 6-Apr-44.

336FS 4FG 8F.

Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 10 October 1944

Landing Accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt John F Duncan, 10-Oct-44.

554FTS 496FTG 8AF.

Crashed Raydon, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7, UK 1 January 1945

Taxiing Accident Raydon/Sta 157 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Richard E Hahn, 1-Jan-45.

352FS 353FG 8AF.

Crashed Raydon, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7, UK 27 February 1945

Taxiing Accident Raydon/Sta 157 Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt William M Long, 27-Feb-45.

352FS 353FG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 11:52:56 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations