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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost 3-Oct-44 Crash-landed France Lt D W Chatfield RTD.



  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 354th Fighter Squadron
  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.


  • Donald Chatfield

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 2 x damaged [Grd]. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Hauver

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    59 missions England-P-51100 missions Korea-P-51 AM w/ 18 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster 5

  • Paul Olson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Aachen on 18 Dec 44 in P-51 #44-14131, also P-51B #42-106917 'Mari-Helen' and P-51D #44-14444 'Supermouse', June-Dec. 18, 1944


  • 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...

  • 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

Built at North American.

Delivered Edwards AFB, CA, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 1944

Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK September 1944

Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed France 3 October 1944

Lost 3-Oct-44 Crash-landed France - Lt Donald W Chatfield RTD


Date Contributor Update
01 January 2018 11:13:47 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events and person associations

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2018 11:09:34 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations