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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed at Campsea Ashe, Suffolk , 10:30 on 20 July 1945 killing Lt Richard J Stone Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA).



  • 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. ...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 359th Fighter Squadron


  • Warren Cooley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Class of 44-B at Foster Field, TX; Fighter Pilot School at Bruning AFB, Neb. ; in England 8/44-12/44; flew P-47s & P-51s in 32 missions; memory of 12/26/44 -- flight leader of Blue Flt. into Battle of the Bulge area, pursued Fw190s into Germany, shot...

  • Richard Stone

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    While on a training flight on 20 July 1945 Lt. Stone was killed in an aircraft accident. He was the last pilot fatality suffered by the 356th Fighter Group during their time at Martlesham Heath.


  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

  • Campsea Ashe

    Crash site


Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered Beale AFB, CA, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 1944

Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 15 December 1944

Take Off Accident Martlesham Heath/Sta 369 Cat 3 damage Lt Warren C Cooley, 15-Dec-44.

P-51D 44-15181 - 359FS 356FG 8AF

Crashed Campsea Ashe, Woodbridge IP13 0QF, UK 20 July 1945

Crashed at Campsea Ashe, Suffolk , 10:30 on 20 July 1945 killing Lt Richard J Stone Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA).


Date Contributor Update
11 July 2018 21:52:10 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations and person associations

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2016 22:33:47 ashley8353 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations

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