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43-6768

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. A/C lost 24-Oct-44. Capt Charles F Hess (1st Scouting Force) killed in training accident, bailing out too low due to engine failure.

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. ...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 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...

  • 555th Fighter Training Squadron

People

  • John Ganofsky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    One time Crew Chief for 1st Lt. Charles H. Shilke of the 336th Fighter Squadron.

  • Harry Hagan

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Harry Hagan was from Yorkville, Ohio, and was assigned to the 4th Fighter Group, 336th Squadron on 1 June 1944 until 10 May 1945. ...

  • Charles Hess

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Completed 25 bombing mission as a Pilot with the 401st Bomb Group between 26 November 1943 and 12 June 1944. Returned to the US and visited his family in Russellville, Pennsylvania. He then went back to England and was assigned to the experimental 1st...

  • Robert Hughes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down in P-51B 43-6866 by a Bf109 G-6 fighter piloted by Uffz. Gunter Will of Stab/JG11 near Celle, Germany. 8-Apr-44. 1st Lt Hughes baled out POW. MACR 3608. Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory.

  • Charles Shilke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. 1st Lt. Shilke few a P-51 Mustang named "Black Lace", and his Crew Chief was S/Sgt John Ganofsky. Post War: Worked at University Park Airport in State College, PA.

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...

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1943

Built by North American Aviation.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1943

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 1944

Transferred 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 24 October 1944

A/C lost 24-Oct-44. Capt Charles F Hess (1st Scouting Force) killed in training accident, bailing out too low due to engine failure.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 June 2016 13:40:33 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=6768&Submit=Search
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/26499

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2014 14:55:14 Emily Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, nicknames, markings, unit associations, person associations and media associations
Sources

Listed under 4th Fighter Group aircraft at Little Friends

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