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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Destroyed in mid air collision 7-Jun-44. Pilot Lt Charles R Moritz KIFA.



  • 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. ...

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

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

  • 362nd Fighter Squadron
  • 555th Fighter Training Squadron
  • Base Air Depot 1

    Base Air Depot 1



  • Bryant Anderson

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD). 2nd tour with 6th Fighter Wing. Awards: WWII Victory. Post War: Remained in USAF serving in Korea and Vietnam, retiring as Colonel.

  • Charles Moritz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 496th Fighter Training Group
    Lt. Moritz graduated from Effingham High School. He attended New Mexico military academy for one year, then attended the University of Illinois where he was a member of the polo team. ...

  • Donald Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Robert Wallen

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 357th Fighter Group


  • 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...

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Dallas, TX, USA 1943
Delivered Burtonwood, Warrington, UK 5 January 1943

5-Jan-43 arrived at Burtonwood.

Delivered Dallas, TX, USA 23 October 1943


Prepared for Shipping Newark, NJ, USA 13 December 1943

On 13-Dec-43 flown to Newark, New Jersey. Disassembled and crated, departed onboard a merchant ship destined for the UK.

Assigned Leiston, Leiston, Suffolk IP16, UK 15 January 1944

Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed Berlin, Germany 4 March 1944

E/A destroyed. Berlin. Bomber escort mission.

Crashed Leiston, Leiston, Suffolk IP16, UK 8 March 1944

Landing Accident Leiston/Sta 373 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Bryant Y Anderson, 8-Mar-44.

362FS 357FG 8AF.

Crashed Leiston, Leiston, Suffolk IP16, UK 10 April 1944

Ground Accident Leiston/Sta 373 Cat 3 damage, 10-Apr-44.

362FS 357FG 8AF

Transferred Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK May 1944

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

Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 31 May 1944

Taxiing Accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Donald E Smith, 31-May-44.

555FTS 496FTG 8AF.

Crashed Owmby-by-Spital, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire LN8, UK 7 June 1944

Mid Air Collision Owmby-by-Spital. Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Charles R Moritz KIFA, 7-Jun-44.

555FTS 496FTG 8AF


Date Contributor Update
02 May 2016 10:45:05 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations