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44-13748

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 77FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Walter F Kuemmerle. Re-assigned to Capt James H Herbert. Re-assigned to Lt William E Robb. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep to Bonn, aborted due to coolant system failure, A/C abandoned 18 miles NW Ostend. 3-Jan-45. F/O. Charles E Sheffield Jr. KIA MACR 11522.

'Little Freddy' AKA 'Paper Doll'

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. ...

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 77th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Frederick Alexander

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-Twin Engine | 20th Fighter Group
    77th FS 20th FG 2 air and 6 ground kills.

  • James Herbert

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    14 missions in P-38, 43 missions in P-51. He was a flight leader. DFC, AM w/ 5 OLC 1 Ar196

  • Walter Kuemmerle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster, DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster 1 Me410

  • William Robb

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 20th Fighter Group
    Flight leader 77th FS 20th FG 270 combat hours P-51D s/n 44-13724 LC+K "Paper Doll" TSgt Brokaw-crew chief

  • Charles Sheffield

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into Channel in P-51 44-13748 on 3 Jan 1945. AM, PH

Places

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American Aviation.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned King's Cliffe, Peterborough, Northamptonshire PE8, UK 1944

Assigned to 77FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed English Channel off Ostend, Belgium 3 January 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep to Bonn, aborted due to coolant system failure, A/C abandoned 18 miles NW Ostend. 3-Jan-45. F/O. Charles E Sheffield Jr. KIA MACR 11522.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2017 23:47:16 JoCarter Changes to description
Sources

info update

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2016 17:07:57 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=44-13748
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=11522&Submit=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/46707954

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