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43-6862

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 551FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 370FS, 359FG 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

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

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    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

    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...

  • 370th Fighter Squadron
  • 555th Fighter Training Squadron

People

  • Billy Booth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 51 x missions. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Footage of Lt Booth's strafing missions - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcU8GHg03Kk

  • Robert McInnes

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    July 1944-April 1945, P-51D 44-14192 'Blondie II'

  • William Meredith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Post War: Owner, W.B. Meredith II, Inc. a construction company based in Norfolk, VA.

Places

  • 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...

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 9 September 1944

Taxiing accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Billy B Booth, 9-Sep-44.

555FTS 496FTG 8AF.

Crashed Castle Camps, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB21, UK 16 March 1945

Crashed Belly Landing Engine Failure RAF Castle Camps Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt William B Meredith, 16-Mar-45.

336FS 4FG 8AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2016 15:12:46 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=43-6862&Submit4=Go
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