UPL 21043


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Major Duane Beeson inspects P-51B 43-6819 tail feathers. March 5th 1944. Struck by flak while strafing, his combat report revealed how close a call it was: “I felt a heavy blow on the a/c and was thrown over on my side. Had great difficulty regaining control…reduced speed for better control. I was forced to hold hard left rudder the whole way back.”


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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-885184
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot


A damaged P-51 Mustang (QP-B) of the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, flown by Captain Duane Beeson under repair inside a Nissen hangar, 5 March 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'March 5, 1944. Capt. D. Beeson's flak-damaged QP-B in the Mobile Repair Unit Nissen hangar to patch it's tail feathers. Source - F. Bodner. 162 KP.'
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Bee
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron



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