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"Miss Behave" was reassigned to the 487th FS on 11 March 1944 after successfully completing 30 missions under the control of 355th FG pilot Henry Kucheman, 354FS Ops following the group's conversion to P-51 Mustangs. The gorgeous artwork was the work of a most talented 355th FG artist Art DeCosta. The assignment was short lived however. 487th CO Lt. Col J C Meyer upon seeing her, ordered her removal from the P-47 very shortly after she arrived and had been assigned to Lt. Robert Berkshire who had flown the famous P-47 "Brutal Lulu".

As the 487th converted to Mustangs in the first weeks of April, she was transferred sans nose art to the 328th FS, renamed 'Desiree Y' PE+V. On April 9th, the Thunderbolt was lost on a mission with the much-beloved Lt. Fredrick A. "Pappy" Yochim at the controls. ("Miss Behave" data via 355th historian Bill Marshall).

Connections

Units

  • 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. ...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 328th Fighter Squadron
  • 354th Fighter Squadron
  • 487th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Robert Berkshire

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Crash landed at RAF sation Manston, Kent on 11-Mar-44 in P-47D 42-67748 and was injured. Returned to Duty (RTD). Crashed near Noyon on 27-Jun-44 in P-51 43-7167 Evaded (EVD). Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Henry Kucheman

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot

  • John Meyer

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    John C Meyer became an Aviation Cadet and enlisted shortly after in 1939. By 1940 he had been promoted to Second-Lieutenant and was training pilots at Randolph Field, Texas. After received his orders in September 1942 he reported to the 352nd Fighter...

  • Frederick Yochim

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Crashed near Osnabruck on 9 Apr 44 in P-47 #42-8434, Prisoner of War (POW).

Aircraft

  • 42-8434 "Miss Behave", "Li'l Lo", "Desiree Y"

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 328FS, 352FG. Failed to Return (FTR) shot down 9-Apr-44 Lt Frederick A Yochim Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3623.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2018 13:37:29 Lucy May Changes to caption and unit associations
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Corrected caption using information available on Little Friends http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search/

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2018 19:05:45 ajgoebel Changes to caption
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"Miss Behave" data via 355th historian Bill Marshall.

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2018 19:00:49 ajgoebel Changes to caption, unit associations and person associations
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Quite a rich history!

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2018 01:12:35 fugari Changes to collection, caption and person associations
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JCook Archives

Date Contributor Update
16 June 2018 12:06:36 ajgoebel Created entry with collection, caption, person associations and aircraft associations
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June 16, 2018

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