Lieutenant William T Whisner of the 487th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group with his P-51 Mustang nicknamed "Princess Elizabeth". Handwritten caption on reverse: '487th F.S., 352nd F.G., 8th Air Force, Lt. William T. Whisner.'
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.
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...
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).
6 June 1944
D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.
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...
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