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43-6889

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Poix. Pilot 2nd Lt Frank D Caple called 'mayday' off Le Touquet and attempted to abandon A/C, canopy was stuck, so finally attempted belly landing on beach. 10-Jun-44. POW. MACR 5722.

Service

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. ...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

People

  • Frank Caple

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Poix. Pilot 2nd Lt Frank D Caple called 'mayday' off Le Touquet and attempted to abandon A/C P-51B 43-6889, canopy was stuck, so finally attempted belly landing on beach. 10...

  • Donald Emerson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Born 17 May 1923, Donald was raised on a farm in Minnesota during the Great Depression. He graduated from high school in 1941, not having excelled to any degree academically. He did not feel destined to be a farmer, so he soon moved to Chicago to find...

Places

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Le Touquet, France 10 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Poix. Pilot 2nd Lt Frank D Caple called mayday off Le Touquet and attempted to abandon A/C, canopy was stuck, so finally attempted belly landing on beach. 10-Jun-44. POW. MACR 5722.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2016 13:43:19 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=43-6889&Submit=Se...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=5722&Submit=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28636349

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5722 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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