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P-51 Mustang

Capt Herbert Blanchfield of the 334th Fighter Squadron claimed 4.333 strafing kills within days of receiving this P-51B in early April 1944. One of the first natural metal Mustangs issued to the 4th Fighter Group, its successful run came to an end on the morning of 9 May when it was shot down, with Blanchfield at the controls, during a strafing attack on a flak tower at Reims-Champagne airfield.



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    4th Fighter Group

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  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...


  • Herbert Blanchfield

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Captain Herbert Blanchfield of the 334th fighter Squadron, claimed 4.333 strafing kills within days of receiving his P-51B Mustang in early April 1944. He was shot down in P-51D Mustang 42-106767, during a strafing attack on a flak tower at Reims...


  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...


Event Location Date
Shot down. France 9 May 1944

See biography.


Date Contributor Update
26 April 2015 11:30:31 apollo11 Changes to markings, description, events and place associations

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:14 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 4685 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database