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Capt Clair M Mason, [Marshalltown IA], 504th Fighter Squadron. P-51D 44-72188 5Q-Z "Pedunk II". Pedunk II seen in the foreground here with Capt Mason in control. Next in line is Lt Gordon H Chenez, [Detroit MI] in 44-72082 5Q-R, whilst in the number three slot flying his 44-14011 5Q-D “Lou ‘n Sue” is Lt Vernon N Barto [Depue IL].



  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 504th Fighter Squadron


  • 44-14011 'Lou 'N Sue'

    P-51 Mustang
    Captain Gilbert flew low over the base and at the far western edge of the field the plane went into a half roll for reasons unknown. The plane struck the ground in this attitude, upside down, destroying the airplane and killing the pilot.

  • 44-72082

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
04 January 2018 12:07:13 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2016 11:58:57 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations