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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.



  • 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...

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 434th Fighter Squadron
  • 486th Fighter Squadron


  • David Born

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. End of War (EOW). Awards: AM (8 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harold Grenning

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 479th Fighter Group

  • Francis Schiess

    Military | 479th 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...

  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...


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 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred 1945

Transferred to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed JHC Flying Station Wattisham, 11 Roman Rd, Ipswich IP7 7RA, UK 12 July 1945

Landing Accident Wattisham/Sta 377 Cat 3 damage Lt Francis C Schiess, 12-Jul-45.

P-51D10 44-14393 - 434FS 479FG 8AF


Date Contributor Update
16 May 2022 11:13:40 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2022 03:00:43 hathi25 Changes to media associations

Aircraft photo by Lt D. Born, pilot

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2016 13:59:49 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2016 13:58:31 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations