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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Clarence E Anderson Jr. Re-assigned to Lt James E Taylor.



  • 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...

  • 363rd Fighter Squadron


  • Clarence Anderson

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 357th Fighter Group
    Clarence "Bud" Anderson enlisted shortly after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. He earned his pilots wing in September 1942 and joined the 357th Fighter Group a year later. In late 1943, Anderson and the 357th arrived in Europe, where they quickly...

  • Otto Heino

    Military | Sergeant | "Gunner" / Ground crew chief / Flight chief | 100th Bomb Group
    After his WWII service, Otto Heino became a world renowned ceramicist. ...

  • Melvin Schueneman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Asst Crew chief | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Asst crew chief of Clarence E 'Bud' Anderson. S/Sgt Melvin Schueneman was returning from France in an AT-6, after repairing P-51D "Little Joe". Lt Walter Corby and "Schunny" were killed as their A/C flew into bad...

  • James Taylor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    1 victory on 14 Jan 1945

  • Leon Zimmermann

    Military | Sergeant | Ground Personal/Armorer | 357th Fighter Group
    Leon Zimmermann served with the 357th Fighter Group as Major Clarence "Bud" Anderson's armorer for 'Old Crow'.


  • 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 Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American Aviation.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Leiston IP16, UK 1944

Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
13 July 2016 14:04:20 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations