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42-106935

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 356FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Periers, France. Strafing horse drawn convoy, hit telegraph and attempted to belly land. Pilot Lt William J Walbrecker Killed in Action (KIA), 26-Jun-44. MACR 6482.

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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 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...

  • 356th Fighter Squadron
  • 370th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Charles Hipsher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    On 3 Feb 1944 on return from bomber escort mission , P-47D #42-74640 was low on fuel and had to land at RAF Oulton, Norfolk under construction and upon touchdown the landing gear hit a pile of dirt. RTD.

  • William Walbrecker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 354th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 356FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Periers, France. Strafing horse drawn convoy, hit telegraph and attempted to belly land. Killed in Action (KIA), 26-Jun-44. MACR 6482. Awards: PH.

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...

  • Lashenden

    Military site : airfield
    Close to but completely separate from RAF Headcorn, Lashenden was built for the RAF during 1942-43 as an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), initially as a light bomber base and then as a training base for mobile fighter squadrons. Enlarged and improved for...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at Inglewood.

Delivered Beale AFB, CA, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Wretham, Thetford IP24 1QX, UK 1944

Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Headcorn Aerodrome, Shenley Farm Cottages, Headcom, Ashford TN27 9HX, UK 1944

Transferred to 356FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed 50190 Périers, France 26 June 1944

Failed to Return [FTR] FRA Lt William J Walbrecker, 26-Jun-44. MACR 6482.

P-51B 42-106935 - 354FG 356FS

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2017 22:10:15 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=106935&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-106935&Submit6=Go

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 6482 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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