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P-51 Mustang

Princess Elizabeth was lost on 6 June 1944, D-Day, on a strafing mission over Northern France at 21:00PM. The aircraft was hit by flak while strafing a railway, and the pilot Robert Butler, was forced to bale out. Butler evaded capture until 20 July 1944, when he was liberated by Canadian forces.



  • 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...

  • 487th Fighter Squadron


  • Robert Butler

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Momers in P-51B 42-106449 hit by flak whilst strafing. A/ C crashed near Epaignes Baled out Evaded (EVD). 6-Jun-44 MACR 5502. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). ...


  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Crashed Epaignes 6 June 1944 – 6 June 1944


Date Contributor Update
18 January 2019 16:33:05 Emily Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events and place associations

Bishop & Hey, Losses of the 8th and 9th

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:14 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 5502 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database