"Wreckage Of The North American P-51 'Rugged Rebel' (A/C 44-13686) Of The 364th Fighter Group, 67th Fighter Wing, Which Crashed At The 8Th Air Force Station F-375, Honington, England. 17 October 1944." - 17 October 1944: P-51D 44-13686 "Rugged Rebel" assigned to Lt Col Allison C Brooks of the 1st Scouting Force doesn't quite leave Honington. 1Lt John J. Allen was at the controls when, shortly after takeoff, he suffered power loss. The ship was repaired and returned to service - only to be lost in combat four months later.
NARA Ref 342-FH-3A15493-71910AC.
Formed by Col. Peaslee following presentation of his theory to Gen. Doolittle. The purpose of the Scouting Force concept was for experienced, tour expired lead bomber pilots, escorted by volunteer fighter pilots, to fly ahead of bomber formations to...
Assigned to 384FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX), 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 3-Feb-45. Lt John J Allen POW. MACR 12173.
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Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...