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42-106726

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of Col. Donald Blakeslee, CO of the 4th Fighter Group.

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • Headquarters (4th Fighter Group)

    Headquarters (4th Fighter Group)

    Headquarters
    The Headquarters Squadron was made up of true leaders. Most had flown Hurricanes, Spitfires, Thunderbolts and Mustangs. ...

People

  • Donald Blakeslee

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot, Commanding Officer | 4th Fighter Group
    Don Blakeslee was born on 11 September 1917 in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. As a boy, he became captivated with planes while watching the Cleveland National Air Races held only 30 miles away from his home at 529 7th St, Fairport Harbor, Ohio. In 1938,...

  • Robert Tyler

    Military | Second Lieutenant

  • Peter Wickham

    Military | Wing Commander | Pilot / Wing Commander
    Wing Commander RAF, on DS (Detached Service) with the 4th from #2 TEU (Tactical Exercise Unit) where he was Chief Flying Instructor. 9 x missions [4FG]. ...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 22 October 1944

Landing accident Debden/Sta 356 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Robert N Tyler, 22-Oct-44.

335FS 4FG 8AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2016 17:53:28 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-106726&Submit4=Go
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-106726&Submit=...

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 17:24:27 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.

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