Fowlmere

Airfield
The control tower at Fowlmere, home of the 339th Fighter Group, 1945. Image via James G Robinson. Written on slide casing: 'Fowlmere Tower, 1945.'

Object Number - FRE 5982 - The control tower at Fowlmere, home of the 339th Fighter Group, 1945. Image via James G Robinson. Written on slide casing: 'Fowlmere Tower, 1945.'

Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist and, flying their new P-51B Mustangs on operations from the end of April 1944, went on to record the highest claims of air and ground enemy aircraft victories in the space of one year. Fowlmere was sold to local farmers in 1957, and since 1988 part of the site has continued to operate as an airfield.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group 503rd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14095392 / O-810454
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group 505th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39450227 / O-815325
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group
  • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group 504th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15327057 / O-823897
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group 504th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18031763 / O-683386
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group 503rd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Lucky Leaky II
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group 353rd Fighter Group 352nd Fighter Squadron 504th Fighter Squadron
A P-51 Mustang (serial number 42-106579) nicknamed "Sally" of the 339th Fighter Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '42-106579.'
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Sally
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group 503rd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: The Yankee Kid III
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group 504th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group 505th Fighter Squadron

Revisions

Date27 Sep 2014 18:02:16
ContributorAAM
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)

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