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44-13948

P-51 Mustang

P-51D # 44-13948 took off from ALS #2 in Cricqueville, France and was piloted by Captain Wallace N. Emmer on a 9 August 1944 afternoon patrol mission to the Reims, France area. Hit by Flak in the center of the fuselage, it lost large pieces of its fuselage and the pilot, Captain Wallace N. Emmer bailed out. Emmer was badly burned in the face, sought help from French citizens but was captured near Radepont, some 8km NE of Pitres, where his plane had crashed. Sent to POW camps in Germany, he died of myocarditis on 15 February 1945 at Dulag Luft-Wetzlar.

Service

Units

  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 353rd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Wallace Emmer

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander | 354th Fighter Group
    Wallace Emmer enlisted in the US Army Reserve in 1941. He became a Pilot Officer at Luke Field, Arizona on 29 September 1942. First assigned there to the 20th Fighter Group, he was transferred to the 354th Fighter Group / 353rd Fighter Squadron in...

Places

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) near Pitres, France 9 August 1944

Hit by Flak at ± 11,000 feet about 8km North of Rouen, the P-51 lost pieces of its fuselage and started to spin violently. Crashed near Pitres, 15km southeast of Rouen, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2015 15:22:56 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, description, events, place associations and media associations
Sources

MACR 8149

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 8149 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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