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43-6987

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Thomas E Norris. A/C lost in fatal crash Horham, 13-Jan-45. F/O Richard A Anderson KIFA.

Service

Units

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 362nd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Richard Anderson

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Training (KIT) whilst flying P-51B 43-6987 in crash at Horham 13-Jan-45. Awards: PH.

  • Lloyd Mitchell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    1 victory 30 May 1944

  • Thomas Norris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 357th Fighter Group

  • Harry Williams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 353rd Fighter Group

Places

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American Aviation.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned 1944

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

Crashed Leiston IP16, UK 25 April 1944

Taxiing Accident Leiston/Sta 373 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Lloyd W Mitchell, 25-Apr-44.

362FS 357FG 8AF.

Crashed Leiston IP16, UK 4 December 1944

Landing accident Leiston Cat 3 damage 4-Dec-44 - Lt. Harry J Williams.

Crashed Horham, Eye IP21, UK 13 January 1945

A/C lost in fatal crash Horham, 13-Jan-45. F/O Richard A Anderson KIFA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2016 11:38:42 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=6987&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=43-6987&Submit4=Go

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