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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 352FS, 353rd FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.



  • 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. ...

  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter 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...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron
  • 505th Fighter Squadron


  • Charles Briggs

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to ? Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Anthony Fresella

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Roland Gousie

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Mengen on 15 Apr 45 in P-51 'Dottie' #4414656

  • George Jones

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Madgeburg in P-51D 44-11204, hit by return fire, engine failing, baled out too low and chute didn't fully inflate before he hit the ground at Meckohn. Killed in Action (KIA...

  • Ruby Newell

    Military | Corporal | WAC
    In 1944 she was voted "the prettiest WAC in the 8th Air Force" by the GIs, in a "Stars and Stripes" newspaper competition. ...

  • John Rice

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    hometown Hartford, CT


  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 1944

Assigned to 352FS, 353rd FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Fowlmere, Royston SG8, UK 1945

Transferred to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Fowlmere, Royston SG8, UK 22 March 1945

Take Off Accident Ground Loop Fowlmere/Sta 37 Cat 3 damage F/O John F Rice, 22-Mar-45.

P-51D15 44-15315 - 505FS 339FG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
23 April 2017 07:59:12 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2017 07:50:52 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations