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42-106538

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal mount of Lt Dale F Spencer. War weary recoded E9-A. Transferred to 307FS, 31FG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort Wallersdorf, Germany bounced by fighters and shot down. 2nd Lt Howell, Tom Howell Killed in Action (KIA). 29-May-44 MACR 5645.

Service

Units

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 307th Fighter Squadron
  • 376th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Dale Spencer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    On 5/28/44 he shot down 4 ME-410's in less than one minute. Eye-witnesses verified this feat truly happened ! DSC/ DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ SS/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster 9.5

Places

  • Bottisham

    Military site : airfield
    The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...

  • San Severo

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1943

Built at North American.

Delivered California, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK 1944

Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned 71016 San Severo, Province of Foggia, Italy 1944

Transferred to 307FS, 31FG, 15AF USAAF.

Crashed Wallersdorf, Germany 29 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) escort Wallersdorf, Germany bounced by fighters and shot down. 2nd Lt Howell, Tom Howell Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5645.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2017 20:43:40 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-106538&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-106538&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28629911
http://raf-112-squadron.org/31stfghonor_roll43_44.html

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2017 20:43:04 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-106538&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-106538&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28629911
http://raf-112-squadron.org/31stfghonor_roll43_44.html

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