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Personnel of the of the 2017th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon attend to the burning wreck of a P-51 Mustang (P-51D 44-14034 5Y-U) that crashed on take-off, colliding with B-17G 42-107226, at Honington on 30th July 1944.

The pilot of the aircraft, Lieutenant James R Korecky, of the 384th Fighter Squadron, 364th Fighter Group, was killed.
This P-51 was assigned to Major Robert E Lacy and was named "Jackie".

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Ground personnel of the 384th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group attend to the burning wreck of a P-51 Mustang that has crash landed.

Connections

Units

  • 364th Fighter Group

    364th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 364th Fighter Group flew 342 missions in P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs from Honington, Suffolk. The missions ranged from escorting bombers and dive-bombing and strafing targets to area patrol missions across a swathe of land that took in France...

  • 384th Fighter Squadron
  • 2017th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon

    2017th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon

    Platoon
    Activated 1 July, 1943 at Bradley Field, CT Deactivated 15 April, 1945

People

  • James Korecky

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    James R Korecky served as a pilot with the 364th Fighter Group. ...

  • Robert Lacy

    Military | First Lieutenant

Aircraft

Locations

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 June 2015 12:12:21 Lucy May Changes to caption
Sources

Forum thread has more details of this crash: http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/archive/index.php?t-7951.html

Date Contributor Update
09 June 2015 11:47:54 Lucy May Changes to caption and unit associations
Sources

Improved the caption to add the Fire Fighting unit on the scene.

Date Contributor Update
09 June 2015 08:41:07 Pyker Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Corrected caption and asociations to delete reference to 359th FG and add 364th FG. Provided additional information concerning incident depicted and associations.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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