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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Politz. Rammed flight leader Capt Joe McKeon from behind and below in P-51D 44-13541 engine ripped from aircraft 7-Oct-44. Baled out Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 9256.




  • 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. ...

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    20th Fighter Group

    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 55th Fighter Squadron


  • Robert Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine | 20th Fighter Group
    Lost on first mission when he accidentally rammed his flight leader Capt Joe McKeon while flying P-51D s/n 44-14331 on 7 Oct 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 9256.


  • Wittering

    Military site : airfield
    Wittering, now in Cambridgeshire, began as RFC Stamford in 1916. By the end of the First World War, it had been renamed RAF Wittering, and was used by both British and American aircraft. It had six hangars, fifteen aircraft sheds and many other...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, California, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Crashed Police, Poland 7 October 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Politz. Rammed flight leader Capt Joe McKeon in P-51D 44-13541 7-Oct-44. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 9256.


Date Contributor Update
10 July 2017 20:10:07 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, aircraft associations, unit associations and place associations

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

MACR 9256 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database