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P-51D #44-14647 , 5Q-A "Pedunk" of the 339th Fighter Group, 504th Fighter Squadron sitting at Bassingbourn in early 1945. Lost 20 March 1945 - Capt. Jerome J. Ballard "Jerry" POW. Photo by Lt. Thomas F. Flemming, 91st BG, 323rd BS. Photographic restoration by Nathan Howland.

Connections

Units

  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    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

People

  • Jerome Ballard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x kill. Failed to Return (FTR) sweep to Bremen, whilst strafing Kaltenkirchen aerodrome in P-51 'Pedunk' 44-14647, hit by flak in coolant system, abandoned A/C, chute streaming but not inflating due to...

Aircraft

  • 44-14647 'Pedunk'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) sweep to Bremen, whilst strafing Kaltenkirchen aerodrome, hit by flak in coolant system, pilot 1st Lt Jerome J Ballard abandoned A/C, chute streaming but not inflating due to the low altitude....

Locations

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2017 12:05:14 SeattleSleeper Changes to caption
Sources

Color 35mm slide from Lt. Thomas F. Flemming, 91st BG, 323rd BS.

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2017 16:58:59 SeattleSleeper Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Color slide from Lt. Thomas F. Flemming collection.

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