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42-106841

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission, released to strafe flew over Versaille, downed 2 x Fw190's and hit by flak going for the third Fw190. Lt Leroy D Hess Jr bellied in and was captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 12-Jun-44 MACR 5536.

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. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 369th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Leroy Hess

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission in P-51 42-106841, released to strafe flew over Versailles, downed 2 x Fw190's and hit by flak going for the third Fw190. Bellied in and pilot Lt Leroy D Hess Jr captured....

  • Robert Thomson

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. 123 missions, 540 hours. Credited 4 x kills [Air] and 2 x damaged [Grd]. End Tour of Duty (ETD). [P-47D 42-75085, P-51B 42-106841, P-51D 44-15242, P-51D 44-14432, P-51D 44-72780] Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Missions

Places

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944
Delivered Edwards AFB, CA, USA 1944
Assigned Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 1944

Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed [2] Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France 12 June 1944

2 x Fw190's destroyed in Versaille area.

Crashed Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France 12 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission, released to strafe flew over Versaille and hit by flak Lt Leroy D Hess Jr POW MACR 5536.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2017 17:29:19 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-106841&Submit=Search
https://www.fold3.com/image/28622185
359th Fighter Group By Jack H Smith

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2017 17:28:30 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-106841&Submit=Search
https://www.fold3.com/image/28622185
359th Fighter Group By Jack H Smith

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5596 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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