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368th FS two seat P-51B-1-NA 43-12478 photographed at East Wretham 18 Dec 1944. Declared War Weary and relegated to training duties, the fighter remained armed following unit level conversion to 2 seater - note the tape covered gun ports and gunsight in the cockpit. A Malcolm hood topped off this professional conversion. She was used by Capt Andrew T Lemmens to fly Lt Col Grady L Smith to Cambrai, France 13th March 1945 on a scouting mission for bases to move the unit to in France or Belgium, a move which never transpired.

Connections

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

People

  • George Bickell

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Group Commander
    Assigned to 355FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. C/O 355FS Nov-42 to Apr-44. C/O 354FG Apr-44 to May-45. Credited with 3.5 destroyed. ...

  • Andrew Lemmens

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    June 1943-May 1944, to 370th FS, P-47D 42-8402 'Lucky Pearl'

Aircraft

  • 43-12478 'Sonava Buggar' 'El-Lobo'

    P-51 Mustang
    P-51B 43-12478 AJ+Q 'Sonava, 355th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force. Flown by Capt Jim Edwards x-RCAF Typhoon pilot who scored 5 kills in it. Transferred to the 368th FS 8th AF has CV+P and flown by 1Lt Emory C Cook.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2015 20:28:46 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

359th Fighter Group By Jack H Smith

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