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IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

A P-51 Mustang (CV-I) of the 359th Fighter Group flies over East Wretham. Caption on reverse: '359th FG Photos Source: T.P. Smith via Char Baldridge, Historian Description: #45 368th FS P-51 in flight.'



  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter 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...


  • Thomas Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Out of fuel on an escort mission on 11 April 1944, Pilot Thomas P. Smith crash-landed his P-47 #42-74737 in the small French hamlet of Macou, near the Belgian border. He started walking in a northwesternly direction, crossed the Franco-Belgian border...


  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:29:32 AAM AAM ingest

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