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Capt. John Brown and ground crew of the 382nd FS with their P-51B 42-106647 C3-D "Big Mac Junior" in France during July 1944. Tailplane in left of shot is 42-106737.



  • 363rd Fighter Group

    363rd Fighter Group

    Equipped with P-51s, the Group entered combat from England in February 1944, flying bomber escort and ground-strafing missions. They took part in the invasion of Normandy, protecting gliders and troop carriers on 6 and 7 June. In September 1944, now...

  • 382nd Fighter Squadron


  • John Brown

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Assigned to 382FS, 363FG, 9AF USAAF. Downed by flak in P-51 42-106647 'Big Mac Junior' 8-Aug-44, attacking river transport, belly landed. Evaded (EVD) Awards: SS, AM (9OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).


  • 42-106647 "Big Mac Junior"

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 381FS, 363FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 8-Aug-44; strafing boats was hit by flak belly landed vicinity of Quimper pilot Lt John R. Brown EVD A/C strafed and set alight. MACR 7800

  • 42-106737

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 382FS, 363FG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 355FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Lemons-Dreux, France area 8-Aug-44. Lt Garland Page abandoned A/C Evreux-Chartres area. MACR 8499


Date Contributor Update
20 October 2019 13:38:32 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations

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