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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal A/C of Lt Col Niven K Cranfill. Re-assigned to Lt Col James W Parsons.



  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

  • Headquarters (359th Fighter Group)


  • Niven Cranfill

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    An Ace, Lt. Col. Niven K. Cranfill of Temple, TX, served with HQ and the 368th, 369th, and 370th Fighter Squadrons, from April 1943 through 22 April 1945, flying 133 combat missions in two tours of duty with the 359th Fighter Group. ...

  • James Parsons

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    April-Sept. 1945, formerly HQ and 369th FS


  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered Edwards AFB, CA, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 1944

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
27 December 2017 10:07:56 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames and events

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2017 10:05:27 Al_Skiff Changes to description, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2017 13:39:45 dwgdallas Changes to media associations

From the personal collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2017 13:33:39 dwgdallas Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings and unit associations

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