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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 360FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Ray Burwell named the aircraft 'Lady Doris' after Doris Clunan from Baton Rouge, LA. The pair had met at a dance in New Orleans and they were engaged to be married before Ray left the United States.



  • 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. ...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 360th Fighter Squadron


  • Orvil Burwell

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    August 1944-EOW; /Ray/; P-51D-15-NA PI-D 44-14973 /Lady Doris/ ...


  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA
Delivered Beale AFB, CA, USA
Assigned Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK

Assigned to 360FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
01 March 2018 12:15:27 Lucy May Changes to description

'Lady Doreen' by Edward M Nebinger, a memoir of his wartime experiences as a fighter pilot with the 356th Fighter Group, published in 2013.

Date Contributor Update
18 August 2017 15:56:55 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations