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44-15054

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Capt Donald R Emerson took this aircraft over from Lt Earl A Quist, who had become a POW on 8-Nov-44.
Capt Emerson was flying this aircraft on Christmas Day 1944. Having led his section to attack Fw190's attacking the bomber stream they were escorting, he found himself seperated from the section and tangling with multiple Bf109's. After downing at least one of his attackers, he radioed he was heading home. Struck by flak just as he was crossing friendly lines, he crashed in Elsloo, Holland. Killed In Action KIA.

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...

  • 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...

People

  • Donald Emerson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Born 17 May 1923, Donald was raised on a farm in Minnesota during the Great Depression. He graduated from high school in 1941, not having excelled to any degree academically. He did not feel destined to be a farmer, so he soon moved to Chicago to find...

  • Andre Plisneir

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    On DS (detached service) for operational training. 334th Fighter Squadron. Transferred to 336FS. Flew eight missions with the 336th Fighter Squadron. Served with 350 (Belgian) Squadron, RAF. Post War: Pilot for Sabena (Belgian Airlines).

  • Edward Quist

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. In P-51D 44-13961, became separated from his section in bad weather while returning from mission. Last seen NW of the Ruhr Valley. Prisoner of War POW 8-Nov-44. MACR 10447. ...

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 6181 Elsloo, Netherlands 25 December 1944

Capt Emerson was flying this aircraft on Christmas Day 1944. Having led his section to attack Fw190's attacking the bomber stream they were escorting, he found himself seperated from the section and tangling with multiple Bf109's. After downing at least one of his attackers, he radioed he was heading home. Struck by flak just as he was crossing friendly lines, he crashed in Elsloo, Holland. Killed In Action KIA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2016 11:07:14 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=15054&Submit=Search
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/45710

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 21:08:31 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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