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44-13779

P-51 Mustang

This was the last Mustang assigned to Col. Donald Blakeslee, Commanding Officer of the the 4th Fighter Group.
As Blakeslee rotated home in November 1944, the aircraft was reassigned to Lt. Kiser having been repaired.

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,...

  • Olin Kiser

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot

  • Herman Rasmussen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    2nd Lt. Herman S. Rasmussen was killed in action (KIA) when he was hit by flak while strafing the Munich-Bruntthal aerodrome on 9 April 1945. He baled at low altitude from his P-51 Mustang #44-13788 near Neuberg, but his 'chute did not open in time.

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
Delivered 15 June 1944

Aircraft delivered.

Gained Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 30 June 1944

Gained by 4th Fighter Group and assigned to Col. Blakeslee..

Early return 8 August 1944

Early return from mission due to problem with right drop tank.

Crashed RAF Harrowbeer, Dartmoor National Park, Yelverton, Devon PL20, UK 1 November 1944

Crashed - belly landed by Col Blakeslee at RAF Harrowbeer. Cat 3 damage.

Accident Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 29 November 1944

Taxiing accident [ground crew]. Cat 3 damage.

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 20 March 1945

Crashed - belly landed by Lt. Herman S Rasmussen due to engine failure. Cat 3 damage.

Salvaged 21 September 1945

Salvage date per individual aircraft record card.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 14:06:37 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=44-13779&Submit4=Go
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=44-13779&Submit=S...

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2015 22:11:54 Pyker Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Updated markings description, added association of pilot and squadron. Added correct production block number. Detailed aircraft biography.

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2015 17:54:51 apollo11 Changes to production block number and description
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2015 19:56:21 apollo11 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

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

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