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P-51 Mustang

Mustang P-51 #42-106790 encountered engine failure on the Rodeo sweep mission 27 April 1944 to the South of Paris. Crashed 2km South of Bersée, between Bersée and Faumont, 12km NE of Douai, Nord Department, France. Pilot Benjamin F. Elliott Jr made prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report-MACR 4332.



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  • Benjamin Elliott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
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    Military site : airfield
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Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) 27 April 1944

engine failure, crashed 2km South of Bersée, between Bersée and Faumont, 12km NE of Douai, Nord Department, France.


Date Contributor Update
08 March 2020 14:59:15 ED-BB Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations

MACR 4332
NARA Captured German Records : J-922 at
and J-1061 at

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

MACR 4332 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database