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P-51 Mustang



  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 369th Fighter Squadron


  • René Burtner

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Saint Dizier. Crashed near Sompuis on 18 Aug 44 in P-51B serial number 43-12186, assigned aircraft of Captain Gilbert R Ralston Jr. Hit by flak while strafing airdrome and evaded...


  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Event Location Date
Departed USA 10 February 1945

Received by AAF and departed to 8th Air Force

Gained Wretham, Thetford, Norfolk IP24, UK 13 March 1945

Received by 359th Fighter Group from 2nd Strategic Air Depot

First Combat Mission 17 March 1945

Piloted by Captain Burtner who flew as Blue 1 in the mission to fulfill Field Order Number 1774a.


Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 21:00:56 Pyker Changes to markings and events

Added data from my and Ted damick databases.

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 20:42:23 Pyker Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations

Added aircraft and association.