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Francis J McCarthy

Military

Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Oldenburg in P-51D 44-14882 '3rd Basser the Second'. Mechanical failure, coolant system failure, engine on fire, when abandoned.

Service

Units served with

  • 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...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 328th Fighter Squadron
  • 555th Fighter Training Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-14882 'Katydid' '3rd Baser the Second'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR). Lost to mechanical failure, gycol streaming out. Crashed near Oldenburg. Pilot Lt Francis J McCarthy Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13470.

  • 42-102999

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred war weary to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 44-63179 'Chub A Luk'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 7 August 1944

Landing Accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Cat 3 damage P-51C 42-102999W

555FTS 496FTG 8AF

Killed in action Oldenburg, Germany 30 March 1945

Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Oldenburg in P-51D 44-14882 '3rd Basser the Second'. Mechanical failure, coolant system failure, engine on fire, when abandoned.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2016 21:01:59 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://usaafdata.com/?q=search
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=14882
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=McCarthy%2C+Franc...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13470

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