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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred war weary to 554FTS, 496FTG, 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 554th Fighter Training Squadron


  • Kendall Carlson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot-1055 single engine
    "Swede" as he was known, came from Red Bluff, California, and was born 14 July 1919. He joined the RCAF and earned his wings in December 1940. When the U.S. established the 4th Fighter Group in England, "Swede" joined them in March 1943. He was...

  • Donald Groomer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    One time Crew Chief for 1st Lt Gilbert W Hunt of the 336th Fighter Squadron.

  • Gilbert Hunt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Flew a P-51B Mustang "Judy", which was serviced by his Crew Chief Don Groomer.

  • Donald Pierini

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. On 7 June 1944, 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. ...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 26 September 1944

Landing Accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Francis C Clark, 26-Sep-44.

554FTS 496FTG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
23 May 2016 11:38:26 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2016 11:19:41 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations