Skip to main content

Lt Lawrence “Larry” W Nelson, [ Warren, OH ]. 82nd Fighter Squadron, P-51D 44-15745 MX-T “Heavenly Body”. Lt. Nelson seen here with his crew: (L-R on wing) crew chief S/Sgt. Ismal W Boase, [Dallas TX]; assistant crew chief St. Eugene Carter, [Hoopeston IL]; and armorer Sgt. John A Sasseman, [Selinsgrove PA].



  • 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. ...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 82nd Fighter Squadron


  • Ismal Boase

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew chief
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Sergeant Boase served as Crew Chief to Captain James Wilkinson, alongside Sergeant Eugene Carter. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Eugene Carter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Asst Crew Chief
    Eugene Carter served with the 78th Fighter Group, and was Assistant Crew Chief to Captain James Wilkinson, alongside Ismal W Boase as Crew Chief. Awards: Bronze Star (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lawrence Nelson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot

  • John Sasseman

    Military | Sergeant | Armourer
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.


  • 44-15745 'Heavenly Body'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Larry W Nelson. Re-assigned to 1st Lt Walter N Bourque.


Date Contributor Update
22 February 2017 18:14:22 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations