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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Baled Out Engine Failure 3/4miles East of Fordham, pilot Lt Gilbert L Kesler RTD, 18-Mar-45.



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Event Location Date
Crashed Fordham, Cambridgeshire, UK 18 March 1945

Baled Out Engine Failure 3/4miles East of Fordham Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Gilbert L Kesler, 18-Mar-45.

336FS 4FG 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
17 March 2016 18:53:27 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2015 09:18:30 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, markings and person associations

Personal research & @eighty-One Aces of the 4th Fighter Group' by Frank Speer.