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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred war weary to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 434FS, 479FG, 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. ...

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 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...

  • 434th Fighter Squadron
  • 555th Fighter Training Squadron


  • Francis McCarthy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Oldenburg in P-51D 44-14882 '3rd Basser the Second'. Mechanical failure, coolant system failure, engine on fire, when abandoned.

  • Elidio Monaco

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 479th Fighter Group


  • 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...

  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...


Event Location Date
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1943

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Wattisham, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7, UK 1944

Transferred war weary to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 7 August 1944

Landing Accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Francis J McCarthy, 7-Aug-44.

555FTS 496FTG 8AF

Transferred Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 1945

Transferred to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Wattisham, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7, UK 8 June 1945

Landing Accident Wattisham/Sta 377 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Elidio E Monaco, 8-Jun-45.

434FS 479FG 8AF


Date Contributor Update
01 May 2016 19:48:41 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations