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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Named after popular Benny Goodman title & home state. Destroyed in mid-air collision 3 miles West of Chipping Ongar - Pilot Lt Pierini baled out, OK.



  • 42-106673 'Hey Rube'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Reuben 'Red' Simon. Collided with Lt Pierini [43-6714] shortly after takeoff, crashed near Chipping Ongar pilot Lt Kenneth B Smith KIA. 7-Jun-44.


  • 42nd Air Depot Group
  • 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...


  • Donald Pierini

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. 72 x combat missions. On 7-Jun-44, on one of his first combat missions he collided with Lt Kenneth B Smith's aircraft while taking off and climbing through clouds. He parachuted safely near Debden. ...

  • Lawrence Sommers

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • Bernard Tyrrell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief | 4th Fighter Group
    Tyrell was made Staff Sergeant early in the war, but was busted down to Private, and served with this rank, as a Crew Chief for most of his service. Shortly before the end of the war he was promoted to Private First Class.


  • Charmy Down

    Military site : airfield
    Charmy Down was built for the RAF in 1940, and used by the Ninth Air Force from 1943 - initially as a maintenance and servicing airfield, then as a base for operating A-20 Havoc night fighters of the 422nd, 423rd and 425th Night Fighter Squadrons 1944...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Crashed Charmy Down (N-bound), Bath, Bath and North East Somerset BA1, UK 20 February 1944

Taxiing Accident Charmy Down/Sta 487 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Randle J Dedeaux, 20-Feb-44.

42ADG 9AF.

Crashed Chipping Ongar, Ongar, Essex CM5, UK 7 June 1944

Mid Air Collision 3 miles West Chipping Ongar Cat 5 damge, pilot Lt Donald J Pierini baled out, 7-Jun-44.

336FS 4FG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 12:45:28 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations