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42-106771

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Berlin. Strafed first a barge and then a train on return journey and took flak hit to oil system, A/C abandoned when oil pressure zeroed out. Pilot Lt Richard H Branch POW. 30-May-44. MACR 5199.

Service

Units

  • 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. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 369th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Richard Broach

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Graduated US Military Academy West Point Jan-43. Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Berlin in P-51B 42-106771 'Dotty'. Strafed first a barge and then a train on return journey and took flak hit to oil system, A/C...

Missions

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Wretham IP24, UK 1944

Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands 30 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Berlin. Strafed first a barge and then a train on return journey and took flak hit to oil system, A/C abandoned when oil pressure zeroed out. Pilot Lt Richard H Branch POW. 30-May-44. MACR 5199.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2017 15:03:03 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=106771&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-106771&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28640717
359th Fighter Group by By Jack H Smith

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

MACR 5199 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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