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42-103795

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Neuberg A/D on 2nd strafing pass hit by flak crashed into wood near Boenfeld pilot 1st Lt Robert M White Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 12398.

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. ...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 354th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Robert White

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Boehnfeld on 23 Feb 45 in P-51 'Dutchess of Manhattan' #42103795 After WWII he was a test pilot of X-15 rocket plane to earn astronaut wings in the early 1960s.

Places

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Dallas, TX, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered Texas, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 1944

Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Failed to Return (FTR) Bonefeld, Germany 23 February 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Neuberg A/D on 2nd strafing pass hit by flak crashed into wood near Boenfeld pilot 1st Lt Robert M White Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 12398.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2018 13:39:39 Drgondog Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Aircraft first assigned to Captain Bert W. Marshall, Jr. 354FS Operations Officer. Coded WR-O 'JANE' and then assigned 'WR-V' and assigned to Lieutenant James Austin. Damaged in Taxi Accident on 8-11-1944. NEVER assigned WR-S, Returned as WR-V and remained WR-V until it was shot down with Bob White.

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2017 17:52:28 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-103795&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-103795&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28701494

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 12398 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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