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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF as war/weary trainer for transition from P-47's. Ended up on its nose in a landing accident 10-Apr-44 at Duxford bending both the starboard U/C and the outer wing panel. Stripped of spares and scrapped.



  • 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. ...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 487th Fighter Squadron
  • 84th Fighter Squadron


  • Robert Berkshire

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Crash landed at RAF sation Manston, Kent on 11-Mar-44 in P-47D 42-67748 and was injured. Returned to Duty (RTD). Crashed near Noyon on 27-Jun-44 in P-51 43-7167 Evaded (EVD). Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Draftz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group

  • Maurice Ryan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 357th Fighter Group


  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 1944

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 10 April 1944

Take Off Accident Bodney/Sta 141 Cat 3 damage 1Lt Robert H Berkshire, 10-Apr-44.

P-51B7 43-6593 - 487FS 352FG 8AF

Crashed Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 22 July 1944

Taxiing Accident Bodney/Sta 141 Cat 3 damage Lt Robert C Draftz, 22-Jul-44.

P-51B7 43-6593 - 487FS 352FG 8AF

Transferred Duxford, Cambridge CB22, UK 1945

Transferred to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF as war/weary trainer for transition from P-47's.

Crashed Duxford, Cambridge CB22, UK 10 April 1945

Landing Accident Duxford/Sta 357 Cat 3 damage Lt Maurice J Ryan Jr, 10-Apr-44.

P-51B7 43-6593W - 84FS 78FG 8AF


Date Contributor Update
07 November 2016 09:46:13 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Bloody Skies: U.S. Eighth Air Force Battle Damage in World War II by By Nicholas A. Veronico