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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 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. ...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 357th Fighter Squadron


  • Clifford Buckles

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944
Delivered Edwards AFB, CA, USA 1944
Assigned Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 1944

Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Lavenham, Sudbury CO10, UK 29 June 1944

Landing Accident Lavenham/Sta 137 Cat 3 damage Lt Clifford R Buckles, 29-Jun-44.

P-51D 44-13407 - 357FS 355FG 8AF


Date Contributor Update
30 July 2017 16:55:18 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations