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44-14819

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Flow in combat by Anthony H. Goebel. Crew chief: S/Sgt. Joe R. Zoppi, Asst. Crew Chief: Sgt. Richard L. Funk

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. ...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 487th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Richard Funk

    Military | Sergeant | Assistant Crew Chief "Miss GENNY CLOUD" | 352nd Fighter Group

  • Anthony Goebel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    With the World at War, Anthony H. Goebel (age 24) felt compelled to enlist in military service and reluctantly left his young, wartime bride to join the US Army Air Corps in 1942. After qualifying to become a pilot, Flight Cadet Goebel completed two...

  • Joseph Zoppi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief of "Miss GENNY CLOUD" | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Places

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • Asch

    Military site : airfield

  • Chievres

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Delivered Beale AFB, CA, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 1944

Assigned to Crew Chief Joseph R. Zoppi and flown in combat by Anthony H. Goebel: 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF

Assigned Bodney, Thetford IP26 5BX, UK June 1945

Transferred post war to 362nd FS, 357th FG, 8AF USAAF
Markings changed to "Big Stud" G4-B (Bar over B). Pilot: Robinson

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2018 14:52:41 ajgoebel Changes to events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/

"357 44-14819 P-51D 362 G4-B Robinson Big Stud Bar over B. From 352 FG post war."

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2018 05:02:42 ajgoebel Changes to description
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Correction

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2018 21:11:06 ajgoebel Changes to description and events
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Correction

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2018 19:47:59 ajgoebel Changes to media associations
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Correction

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2018 19:46:23 ajgoebel Changes to unit associations and place associations
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Correction

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2018 19:35:06 ajgoebel Changes to nicknames and person associations
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Correction - 1st person source: Anthony H. Goebel age (100+)

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2018 14:18:14 Lucy May Changes to description and media associations
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From Peter Randall of Little Friends (http://www.littlefriends.co.uk):
"If one looks at the IARC for 44-14819, it will be seen that the 352nd FG gained it from Warton on 12th October 1944 when it was assigned to Lt. Cyrus N Greer as HO-G and who named it “Lillie Marlene II”, following his P-51B-10-NA 43-7139 HO-G “Lillie Marlene”. Strangely, the IARC then states that it was salvaged due to battle damage on 9th December 1944, (whilst still assigned to Greer). This is obviously not exactly so, as the photos showing the last four, as well as the complete tail number prove that it did in fact get assigned to Goebel. Interestingly, it also received Cat. AC battle damage on 21st January 1945 as Miss Genny Cloud! Greer completed his tour on 15th January 1945, so Goebel must have had it assigned to him at that date or shortly before, seeing that tour expired pilots usually stuck around for a short time to help out with settling in the replacements."

Date Contributor Update
16 June 2018 11:05:42 ajgoebel Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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June 16, 2018

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2017 12:44:23 ajgoebel Changes to nicknames
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Son

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2017 12:07:16 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.8thafhs.com/get_one_acgroup.php?acgroup_id=41
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Goebel&Submit=Search
http://www.mustangsmustangs.com/p-51/production

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