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44-14887

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Merlin A Arnold. Failed to Return (FTR) Germany, hit by flak and crashed into ground on strafing pass on German airfield 21-Mar-45 2nd Lt June B Stallings KIA. MACR 15905.

** MACR 15905 Details are vague, with no mission type, target, A/C details and appears to have been populated some time after the event.

Service

Units

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron

People

  • Merlin Arnold

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot with the 353rd fighter group, 351st fighter squadron | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Baled out over English Channel, struck tailplane, chute did not open. 30-Mar-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (5OLC), PH.

  • June Stallings

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 55th Fighter Group

Places

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American Aviation.

Delivered 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 1944

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Germany 21 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Germany, hit by flak and crashed into ground on strafing pass on German airfield 21-Mar-45 2nd Lt June B Stallings KIA. MACR 15905.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 July 2016 09:56:47 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=44-14887&Submit=S...
http://www.mustangsmustangs.com/p-51/production
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=44-14887&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/29427814

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