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44-14277

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) freelance mission to Praha-Kbely.
Aircraft struck by flak while strafing a Praha-Kbely airdrome. Others in section did not see A/C go down. Pilot Lt Benjamin Griffin POW. 16-Apr-45. MACR 14125.

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

  • Benjamin Griffin

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Kbely on 16 Apr 45 in P-51 'Jersey Bounce III' 44-14277.

  • Donald Pierini

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. On 7 June 1944, on one of his first combat missions he collided with Lt Kenneth B Smith's aircraft while taking off and climbing through clouds. He parachuted safely near Debden. ...

  • Andre Plisneir

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    On DS (detached service) for operational training. 334th Fighter Squadron. Transferred to 336FS. Flew eight missions with the 336th Fighter Squadron. Served with 350 (Belgian) Squadron, RAF. Post War: Pilot for Sabena (Belgian Airlines).

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 Prague 19, 197 00 Prague-Prague 19, Czech Republic 16 April 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) freelance mission to Praha-Kbely. Aircraft struck by flak while strafing a Praha-Kbely airdrome. Others in section did not see A/C go down. Pilot Lt Benjamin Griffin POW. 16-Apr-45. MACR 14125.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 21:32:45 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=14277&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=14125
https://www.fold3.com/image/29034242

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

MACR 14125 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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