44-72218 Big Beautiful Doll

Crew of the 78th Fighter Group lounge in front of P-51 Mustang (WZ-I, serial no. 44-72218) at Duxford air base. This aircraft, bearing the nose art 'Big Beautiful Doll', was flown by Colonel John D Landers, Commanding Officer of the 78th Fighter Group, 8th USAAF between February and June 1945. 1945.

Object Number - FRE 275 - Crew of the 78th Fighter Group lounge in front of P-51 Mustang (WZ-I, serial no. 44-72218) at Duxford air base. This aircraft, bearing the nose art...

Big Beautiful Doll was credited with at least two of the five in air kills that Landers gained in Europe. It was also his most famous plane and remained so until it was decommissioned

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Units served with

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 361st Fighter Group 55th Fighter Group 38th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-431968
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer

Places

Line up of P-47 Thunderbolts of the 82nd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, at Duxford air base. September 1944. Printed caption on reverse of print: '55432 AC - War Birds Home To Rest - Republic P-47 Thunderbolts lined up on an 8th Air Force field in England after a daylight sweep over Germany. Crews have finished inspections and refueling.'
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: "Duckpond"
Aerial photograph of Leiston airfield looking south, the control tower and technical site are to the right, 16 October 1945. Photograph taken by No. 541 Squadron, sortie number RAF/106G/UK/929. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Theberton/Saxmundham

Events

Event Location Date Description

Assigned

Leiston, Leiston, Suffolk IP16, UK 1944-10-10 Assigned with pilot Lt Colonel John Landers to Britain and to Leiston where Landers commanded the 357th

Assigned

Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK 1944-11-22 Reassigned with Landers to Duxford. When he arrived however he started flying Anne Nihilator.

Revisions

Date13 Sep 2017 14:31:33
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

Linked to Roger Freeman Picture.

Date14 Jul 2015 14:40:24
Contributorjrugman
Sources

Page 40, The Mighty Eighth in Color, Roger Freeman
Pages on the AAM web page
78th FG History 0472 March 1945
http://mightyeighth.org/

Date5 Oct 2014 09:12:12
ContributorPyker
Sources

Details from photos.

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