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44-15740

P-51 Mustang

Piloted by 1st Lt Mark T. Wilson Jr on the 25 February 1945 bomber escort mission to Nuremberg, Germany. Low on fuel, had to be crash-landed, 1,5 km south-east of Siegerswoude, Friesland, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 12704..

Service

Units

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 84th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Mark Wilson

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Mark Wilson was a P-51 Pilot in the 78th Fighter Group / 84th Fighter Squadron. Having 55 missions to his credit, on return from the 25 February 1945 bomber escort mission to Nuremberg, Germany, low on fuel, he decided to crash-land his plane, P-51 #...

Missions

  • 847

    25 February 1945
    "The Aerial Sledgehammer fashioned by bombers of the 8th and 15th Air Forces and the RAF fell on German communications and fuel supplies for the forth day in a row yesterday as 1,150 Fortresses and Liberators of the 8th hit railyards, airfields, an oil...

Places

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) near Siegerswoude, Friesland, The Netherlands 25 February 1945

On return from escort mission, low on fuel, had to be crash-landed 1,5km south-east of Siegerswoude.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 15:12:12 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 12704
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 2959

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 12704 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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