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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred War Weary to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Scrapped at BAD1 to wars end.



  • 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...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 350th Fighter Squadron
  • 370th Fighter Squadron
  • Base Air Depot 1

    Base Air Depot 1



  • Andrew Lemmens

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    June 1943-May 1944, to 370th FS, P-47D 42-8402 'Lucky Pearl'

  • Elbert Tilton

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    July 1944-Jan. 1945, P-51D 'Lovable Ann'


  • Burtonwood

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1939-40, the RAF's No. 37 Maintenance Unit used the base from 1940 to 1942, before it became a joint Anglo-American maintenance and servicing airfield - a Base Air Depot. After the war it continued to be used as a maintenance and...

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

  • 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 1943

Built at North American.

Delivered Beale AFB, CA, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Wretham IP24, UK 1944

Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Wretham IP24, UK 30 May 1944

Crash landed at East Wretham 30 May 44 - pilot Major Andrew T Lemmens.

Assigned Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 1945

Transferred to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Scrapped Burtonwood, UK May 1945

Flown to BAD1 to be scrapped.


Date Contributor Update
05 August 2017 15:25:31 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations