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44-13279

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF.

Service

Units

  • 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

    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
  • Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX)

    Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX)

    Squadron
    Formed by Col. Peaslee following presentation of his theory to Gen. Doolittle. The purpose of the Scouting Force concept was for experienced, tour expired lead bomber pilots, escorted by volunteer fighter pilots, to fly ahead of bomber formations to...

People

  • Frank Basham

    Military | 392nd Bomb Group

  • 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.

Places

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered Edwards AFB, CA, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 1944

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

Crashed Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 30 June 1944

Taxiing Accident Steeple Morden/Sta 122 Cat 3 damage lt Frank G Basham, 30-Jun-44.

P-51D5 44-13279 - 355FG 8AF

Assigned Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31, UK 1945

Transferred to 1st Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2017 17:05:10 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=44-13279&Submit4=Go
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=44-13279&Submit=Search

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