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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Clarence E Anderson. Re-assigned to Lt William B Overstreet. Re-assigned to Lt William H Fricker. Landing accident 30-May-45 - Lt. William S Davis.



  • 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...

  • William Davis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Fricker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 357th Fighter Group

  • William Overstreet

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Highly decorated P-51 ace with 130 sorties from February through August 1944. Flew 90 minutes unconscious when oxygen shot out. Landed blind when eyes swollen shut after power dive after Me 109. Bailed out 3 times. Landed softly after armed bombs...

  • 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.

Crashed Leiston IP16, UK 30 May 1945

Landing Accident Leiston/Sta 373 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt William S Davis, 30-May-45.

P-51B15 43-24823W 363FS 357FG 8AF


Date Contributor Update
13 July 2016 15:57:31 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations