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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Robert J Bain. Lost due to structural failure 11-Oct-44 Little Walden/Sta 165 - F/O Walter F Chapin Jr KIFA.



  • 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. ...

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 376th Fighter Squadron


  • Robert Bain

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Was flying on 27-Sep-44, when the 445th BG lost 25 bombers on the Kassel raid. Squadron established record score on this day also. 3 damaged- 2 x Fw190, 1 x Bf109. ETD. Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 Bronze Star).

  • Walter Chapin

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost due to structural failure in P-51 42-106802 11-Oct-44 Little Walden/Sta 165 - Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA). Awards: AM, PH.


  • Bottisham

    Military site : airfield
    The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK 1944

Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Little Walden, Saffron Walden CB10, UK 11 October 1944

Lost due to structural failure 11-Oct-44 - F/O Walter F Chapin Jr KIFA. Little Walden/Sta 165.


Date Contributor Update
28 August 2016 12:43:31 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations